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Community-Based Multiliteracies and Digital Media Projects

Questioning Assumptions and Exploring Realities


Edited By Heather M. Pleasants and Dana E. Salter

Within community-based digital literacies work, a fundamental question remains unanswered: Where are the stories and reflections of the researchers, scholars, and community workers themselves? We have learned much about contexts, discourses, and the multimodal nature of meaning making in literacy and digital media experiences. However, we have learned very little about those who initiate, facilitate, and direct these community-based multiliteracies and digital media projects. In Community-Based Multiliteracies & Digital Media Projects: Questioning Assumptions and Exploring Realities, contributors discuss exemplary work in the field of community-based digital literacies, while providing an insightful and critical perspective on how we begin to write ourselves into the stories of our work. In doing so, the book makes a powerful contribution to digital literacies praxis and pedagogy – within and outside of community-based contexts.
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Chapter 5: I Transform Myself, I Transform the World Around Me


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I Transform Myself, I Transform the World Around Me

Diana J. Nucera and Jeanette Lee


It took me about five years to really understand the complexity of the statement “I transform myself, I transform the world around me.” Detroit Summer and Allied Media Projects recruited me to bring my media and technology teaching knowledge to Detroit in the summer of 2008. I left several lives behind me to start what seemed to be a dream job of building media labs and teaching media arts with people who saw the holistic potential of media and technology. At the time, it was rare that I came across people who wanted to use media and technology to foster healing, build relationships and bridge communities, so I jumped at the opportunity. I saw it as a chance to rest from the relentless struggle of climbing non-profit ladders that could not hold my creative weight to begin with. This was also an opportunity to heal from the scars that working in academia had left on me. I remember feeling I had everything I needed and nothing at all.

The process of brainstorming the contents of this chapter conjured up old emotions from my first days at Allied Media Projects. A memory of intense, and what felt like unexplainable feelings were triggered. I blindly searched for something tangible that would reveal the significance of this memory. I sifted through old documents,...

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