Writing and distraction.

10cf8-girlsreadingI like it when I chance upon ideas that chime comfortably with my own. If blogging spaces are more than digital – what is the more (or other) that they are? The point I am making is, that they are digital is not the point. 

I like Gee’s (2004) ‘spaces of affinity’, the defining characteristics of which are:

  • A common endeavour is primary.
  • Participation is self-directed, multifaceted and dynamic.
  • In online affinity space portals, participation is often multimodal.
  • Socialising plays an important role in affinity space participation.
  • Leadership roles vary within and among portals.
  • Knowledge is distributed across the entire affinity space.
  • Many portals place a high value on cataloguing and documenting content and practices. 
  • Affinity spaces encompass a variety of media-specific and social networking portals.

There are of course others ways of conceptualizing ‘spaces of affinity’. But for now, this seems useful.  Gee is referring to adolescent literacy practices – most particularly gaming. I am trying to understand the pedagogic and political dimensions of educational blogging.

I am keen to explore these ‘spaces of affinity’ – and the connections that coalesce around them.  ‘Community’ as the obvious connector might not be as useful as it first seemed.

Gee, J. P. (2004). Situated language and learning: A critique of traditional schooling. New York, NY: Routledge.


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