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The Post Literate Society

Here’s a great article that’s a thoroughly interesting read. It’s called:
Why Johnny And Janey Can’t Read, And Why Mr. And Ms. Smith Can’t Teach: The challenge of multiple media literacies in a tumultuous time
It was written by Mark Federman, Chief Strategist at the University of Toronto’s McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology (Yep, that McLuhan)
You can download it here.
In 11 pages Dr. Federman teaches, enlightens and challeges. He delves into what society was like before writing and publishing (pre-literacy but not stupid or ignorant) and what changes were wrought by the change to a literate society – winners and losers. He then shows what is possibly happening now and what might become of the literate. Very interesting.
If you’re looking for something intellectually engaging and stimulating for a staff brown bag lunch, here it is.
Warning – interesting content that’s opinionated and controversial. Not for those who seek pap.
Stephen

Posted on: January 12, 2006, 10:34 pm Category: Uncategorized

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