"The way in which individuals interact with each other in the presence of new technologies may have a profound effect on literacy, literacy instruction, and the ways in which all education is delivered (Kamil and Lane, 1998, p. 329)."

Lack of authentic writing audiences and purposes for adolescents' writing

School writing as a limited genre

Web as a global, immediate, interactive, and cost-efficient medium

Convergence of literacy and technology is unexplored territory

Adolescents have staked the Internet as territory (technology as cultural praxis) and are ahead of adults in many ways (reverse-heritage model (Mead, 1970)

CMC as virtual discourse communities are sites for literacy engagement

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