James Paul Gee Writing in the Age of the Maker Movement


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Writing has always been the higher “value-added” end of literacy, a form of production and not just consumption. Today digital and social media have given rise to the “Maker Movement”. The Maker Movement is allowing more people than ever before, in nearly all spheres of life, to be producers and not just consumers, participants and not just spectators, and to act and think like designers. The Fab Movement—a part of the Maker Movement—will revolutionize society, business, and the global world. Both movements are endangering credentialed experts and traditional institutions based on scale and standardization. What is the role of writing—the original Maker tool—in the context of today’s Maker Movement? What is its role in a world imperiled by dangerous and high-risk interacting complex systems?