What does it mean to be truly literate with new media?
Certainly, it means more than the ability to send email and browse websites. Recent commentaries on new media literacy have emphasized the importance of the ability to analyze media critically and the ability to participate actively in online communities. Those abilities are clearly important. But I feel these commentaries haven't paid enough attention to another important aspect of new media literacy: the ability to express oneself with new media.
This aspect of literacy is sorely lacking in today's society: very few people are able to express themselves fluently with new media technologies.
That assertion might take you by surprise. Hasn't there been a rapid rise in "user-created content"? Aren't lots of people using new media to create content and express themselves online?