On this course students will explore the effect of digital media on ways of reading, writing and interacting online. Students will discuss a range of topics in class, including information overload, hypertext and hypermedia, online language, attention structures, critical literacy, online culture, online gaming, social networking and online collaboration. Students will learn how to manage information and use the affordances of hypertext, multimedia and interactivity to create online texts and participate in online communities. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to reflect on their own use of digital media by making and responding to contributions to a class weblog. Students will also have the opportunity to identify an authentic online community whose literacy practices they would like to study, applying the concepts learned in class to an authentic online communicative context.