Introduction: Testing the claims

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The past two decades have yielded enormous and far-reaching changes in the way information is created and exchanged and used-with sophisticated computer networks like the Internet and the Web1 figuring centrally as environments for global communication. But how “worldwide? a literacy environment is the Web? How do cultural contexts affect the communication that occurs within this globally networked system of computers which appear to be culturally transparent? In what ways is the system itself culturally determined, structured, and ordered? How does the ordered space of the Web affect the literacy practices of individuals from different cultures-and the constitution of their identities-personal, national, cultural, ethnic through language? What literacy values characterize communication practices in this ordered space?.

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© 2000 Gail E.Hawisher and Cynthia L.Selfe. the contributors. All rights reserved. Publisher’s version of record:

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Global Literacies and the World Wide Web