Amy Pellettieri & Karen Berman
Communication and learning requires the ability to read, write, and acquire information. Today, technology requires a type of literacy called digital literacy. Within communication, digital literacy involves the individual to read and write using digital information, such as the Internet. It involves engaging in obtaining information online and using these sources to communicate. Individuals learn how to find, manage, and edit digital information as well.
Web 2.0 refers to Internet services such as wikis, social networking sites, blogs, and other ways individuals can interact online. Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube are ways that individuals use digital literacy to communicate and express themselves. These are sources of social online communities that many adolescents use.
Although most people are familiar with Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube, it is important to go over what each of them does exactly. Facebook is a website that has really expanded itself in multiple ways. It allows for people to communicate with each other in various ways by doing things such as writing on someone’s personal profile, adding a bumper sticker, or having their friends take personality quizzes on them. It demonstrates how the Internet can encompass so much literacy to its users, presented in nontraditional forms. Facebook has become an epidemic that encourages new forms of communication using Web 2.0.