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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Multipliteracies

As opposed to having a single or unified literacy, if there is such a thing, Researchgate is characterized by a plurality of literacies. Since the site is mainly considered with disciplines that exist on the periphery or are rather novel interdisciplinary approaches, the literacies are by their nature rather obscure. This however does not pose as much of an obstacle to the site as it might seem at first. Since, the site is one of few avenues for people engaged in these studies to be peer-reviewed or get feedback on their work, they are very open to helping people understand the vocabulary they are working with. Moreover, they are eager to get people on board because they want to generate discussion about their ideas in hope that they will either find someone who is likewise interested or that they will pique the interests of new people.


Researchgate thus is composed of a non-harmonious network of discourses. Rather than being an impediment, this website thus encourages reading a specific research encounter across multiple fields or methods for understanding the world. At the same time, I have also felt discouraged from entering certain groups dealing with highly speculative forms of science recently emerging since I realize that there would be a huge learning curve before I would actually benefit from reading it. The site however serves a different function than wiki, it's not meant to educate you on the most basic level of common information, but to spread information that exists on the margins.

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At April 21, 2011 at 2:24 PM , Blogger Nemo said...

Interesting. Would you think that perhaps there is potential for a site like Researchgate to open up a wiki of their own to help newcomers work their way into new fields without having to go through hundreds of pages of research? Seems like a bit of a no-brainer to me.

 

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