What is it about?
This article has three aims: 1) to explore ways to visualize the rhythms of how people perform digital skills; 2) to examine how the process for describing these rhythms of skill involve mediality; an interweaving of tools, technologies, and media; 3) we develop a new method called "spotlines" as a way to qualitatively describe and compare the rhythms of performing skill.
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Why is it important?
How we define, measure, and represent skill is a topic of considerable debate. Finding better ways to describe skill — ways that don't fall into tropes that present skill as a static, tangible resource that can be acquired and stored — is essential if we want to better understand how skill is developed and why it matters.
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This page is a summary of: Finding a rhythm: The mediality of researching digital skill as process, New Media & Society, August 2023, SAGE Publications,
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