ABSTRACT

The college students who shared the above stories with us belong to the contemporary generation of Nepalese youth for whom the possibilities of discovering, creating, and sharing knowledge have exploded due to convenient access to the WorldWideWeb, through which they learn about, participate in, and appropriate global popular culture and literacy practices. In this essay, we will discuss how

the increasing access to global popular culture and literacy practices, which Nepalese youth have through new technologies, has enabled them to bypass severe material limitations; to undermine traditional hierarchy characterizing the access to and the use of knowledge; to develop new “glocal” cultures; to bring about a convergence of multiple forms of literacy; to blur the boundaries between in-and out-of-school literacy practices; and to create and share knowledge through popular culture activities using new media, which we call “popular literacy.”