Clive Thompson on the New Literacy

Clive Thompson, Wired, Aug 30, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I think this is incredibly important and wish Wired hadn't disponsed of it so briefly. "Young people today write far more than any generation before them. That's because so much socializing takes place online, and it almost always involves text... It's almost hard to remember how big a paradigm shift this is. Before the Internet came along, most Americans never wrote anything, ever, that wasn't a school assignment." Not just that, though. The New Literacy that I describe is multi-modal, involving much more than just text. And our range of critical thinking and reflection is expanding as well (as the need for that increases). Via elearningpost.
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