Online Literacy Is a Lesser Kind

Mark Bauerlein, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Oct 02, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I talked to a writer from the Chronicle recently and he grumbled at the way its anti-tech bias is portrayed in these pages. My response was, essentially, it wouldn't be portrayed the way it is if it didn't run articles like this. As Miles Fidelman writes in wwwedu, "The article itself is somewhat suspect in its analysis. In essence, it goes from a study of how users skim web pages, to a general screed about how that indicates a decline in literacy." That's characteristic of these anti-tech articles: a leap from "this isn't quite right" to "oh my God! oh my GOD!"
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