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An analysis of Internet based collaborative knowledge environments for critical digital media autonomy

Joe Tojek PhD

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Copyright 2000-2009 Joe Tojek PhD

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This study examines the interactive features of Internet based collaborative knowledge environments from a democratic media perspective. Structuralist and semiotic media analysis methods are applied to develop a model of interaction for the investigation of social and cultural perspectives on knowledge construction and learning with digital media. Questions for problematizing common sense interface constructions are proposed for critical participation and to inform democratic educational practice.


Joe has tackled a truly significant topic in his dissertation, namely, a grammar of interactive digital media. The ideas and approaches presented embody a substantial humanistic as well as scientific orientation and a value stance that fosters democratic media education.

-Michael Streibel, Program Chair University of Wisconsin-Madison, Educational Communications and Technology Program

At the 1998 IEEE Semiotics and Intelligent Systems conference, Joe introduced original semiotic models for analyzing interaction, content and user activity in digital media for social and cultural investigations. Mr. Tojek's work is well thought out and impressed me with a deep level of coverage of a wide field.

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