Understanding new media literacy: An explorative theoretical framework

Tzu Bin Lin*, Jen Yi Li, Feng Deng, Ling Lee

*Corresponding author for this work

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With the advent of new media technologies, the role of media in a society has been changed that leads researchers to re-construct the meaning of literacy from classic literacy to new media literacy. There have been continuing efforts to understand new media and promote the importance of becoming new media literate among researchers, educators, and policy makers. Fundamental understanding to what is new media literacy still remains unclear. There is only one paper providing the preliminary work in unpacking the framework of new media literacy. Although the developed framework has its merit, more details and information need to further elaborate and refine. In this paper, we acknowledge the two continua framework and endorse four types of literacy comprising of this two-continua. Moreover, we provide ten fine-grained indicators to reflect these four types of literacy. We also propose another new divide that distinguishes Web1.0 from Web2.0.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-170
Number of pages11
JournalEducational Technology and Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Consuming
  • New media literacy
  • Prosuming
  • Web 2.0

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Engineering


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