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Today, with minimal training, the least technical among us can create a basic blog—essentially an interactive Web site—in minutes. With a little experience, we can turn our blogs into media-rich information sources thanks to YouTube, Google Docs, SlideShare, and other services that make it easy for the nontechnician to store or show essays, movies, presentations, and other media. Like print and television, the Web is now ubiquitous, and Web literacy is essential for those who want to be seen as educated and functional in the world of work and personal expression. Additional literacy pressures will certainly arise as new media emerge with ever-shorter “read to write-possible” lag times. It will be up to instructors to find educational uses for new media that support and inform pedagogy and methodology.

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