Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Internet Reading: The genre

By on March 23, 2009

So I’m sitting here pondering the titles of the two curriculum books I am currently writing on teaching Internet Literacy, and I can’t help but wonder if reading on the Internet isn’t its own genre all together.  

I mean, I know that reading online takes the form of any other genre depending on its content, but the format is unique: headers, sidebars, ads, flash, menu bars, etc…

So doesn’t reading online specifically take different skills then reading any other genre?  Isn’t it a combination of genres, combined with a social genre of sorts?  Isn’t the fact that it is a 2-way read justifiable in identifying it as its own category of literature?  

And if we were to identify it as a category of literature, would not more teachers see the imperative need to teach to that genre?  



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