The Old and the New in the New Digital Literacies

James Gee

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This article argues that both traditional literacy (reading and writing print) and new digital literacies (for example, playing video games) come in two grades or forms, one of which can lead to success in the modern world and one of which is less likely to do so. In both cases, the role of "academic" or "specialist" language is crucial in distinguishing between the two grades.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)418-420
Number of pages3
JournalEducational Forum
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2012


  • digital literacy
  • new literacies
  • video games

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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