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To add some more context to my Lancaster ale life, here is a short outtake from the description of the Peter Lang bookseries on «New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies»: «New literacies are being invented ‘on the streets’ – as people from all walks of life, in diverse sites located within ‘meat space’ and ‘cyber space’, wrestle with new technologies, shifting values, changing institutional forms and processes, and emerging structures of temperament’ characteristic of postmodernity/New Times/the Global Informational Age. These new literacies are all but absent from our educational institutions. Education administrators, teachers, teacher educators and, sadly, academic scholars and researchers, remain largely unaware of their existence. Yet, these new literacies [will] increasingly define the literacy engagements of the young people they teach and the world these young people inherit. ‘New Literacies – The Series’ aims to explore this domain, and to help broker awareness of some of its key trends and features into educational consciousness and practice. It will build upon some key orienting questions: To what extent are the ongoing communications and information revolution and its associated social, economic, cultural, and political changes generating and demanding new literacies – new ways of encoding and decoding everyday lives – on the part of people at large?; What ARE these new literacies, and what distinguishes them from literacies we have known?; How well are our educational institutions getting to grips with new literacies?; What pressing issues and challenges accompany these literacy inventions from the streets, and how are these to be addressed? How do new literacies impact on life in schools, homes, communities, workplaces, sites of leisure, and other key settings of human cultural engagement? For all the TALK about new literacies, we are often hard-pressed to find clear responses to these and similar questions -particularly, within education. Moreover, amidst all this change it is common to find educators and educational administrators and policy makers retreating to familiar territory in formal approaches to literacy education and curriculum at large. Witness here the current revisiting of old debates such as ‘phonics or whole language?'; the retreat to reasserting basic code breaking as the ‘stuff’ of literacy; the retreat to foisting on teachers strategies for emergent readers and writers grounded in traditional print media; the retreat to imposing tightly surveilled regimes of standardized testing, diagnosis and remediation/intervention. This series will explore in depth and from a range of perspectives the extent, nature, and implications of new literacies in global context. It will challenge familiar ways of framing literacy, and ask what it means for literacies to be powerful, effective, and enabling under current and foreseeable conditions. Collectively, the works in this series will help to reorient literacy debates and literacy education agendas.«