Trajectories, Literacies, and Schooling
Part I: Digital Lives
P a r t I Digital Lives Erstad Final_Erstad fin 8/14/13 9:18 PM Page 27 Erstad Final_Erstad fin 8/14/13 9:18 PM Page 28 c h a p t e r t w o “Opportunity Knocks” Epistemic Agency of a Digital Generation Introduction The title of this chapter refers to a famous British television and radio talent show during the second half of the last century called Opportunity Knocks. It was broad- cast on and oﬀ as a television show from 1956 until 1990. What made Opportunity Knocks diﬀerent from other shows was that the winning acts were decided not by a panel of experts, but by the viewing public. In the first version of the show, the pub- lic got to choose their favorite act via a postal vote, with the winner being announced the following week. The later BBC revival of the show was notable for being the first TV show to decide its winner using the now-standard method of a telephone vote. In both versions, the studio audience reaction to each act was measured by a clap- o-meter, but this did not count towards the final result. The program was recorded the Friday before transmission, so votes had to be in by Thursday. Although Oppor- tunity Knocks did produce a number of talented acts, the method of putting the con- test to a public vote sometimes resulted in victories for novelty acts, in particular those involving children or animals. Today, most of the...
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