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The Civilization of Illiteracy

Nadin, Mihai

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ISBN 10: 3931828387 / ISBN 13: 9783931828387
Published by Dresden Univ Pr
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Title: The Civilization of Illiteracy

Publisher: Dresden Univ Pr

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The spectacular but unsettling reality of faster cycles of change, breakdown of traditional values and institutions, and many other symptoms of technological innovation-what makes these necessary is the subject of this thought-provoking book. All the good intentions of educators, scholars, politicians, and policymakers will fail if they do not recognize why literacy as a dominant framework of human activity is no longer adequate. The current dynamics of human activity is without precedent. It is not the result of technology, but of deeper forces of change. The answer to the failure of many seemingly eternal institutions-government, family, education-is not improvement in the traditional sense, but a fundamentally new perspective. The digital paradigm underlying the new civilization provides a basis for this perspective. But it will be misapplied unless understood within the broader framework of the driving forces behind human activity.

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Mihai Nadin is an author who knows digital technology like few others in this world, but who does not talk technology in order to explain the characteristics of the civilization of illiteracy-as he provocatively calls it, and which the public probably will, too. Behind the label, we see a civilization unfold, one in which media complement literacy. The language of the Internet, interactive multimedia, and virtual reality will become the new languages of human interaction in a world whose activity ranges from the nano-realm to the intergalactic AUTHCOMMENT: This book is as much about language and literacy as it is about everything pertaining to it: family, politics, the market, war, sports, old and new media. It is about the process of cutting the umbilical cord that binds people to literacy. We live in a world of a dynamic never before experienced in history. In this world, many new literacies, of shorter duration, override the need and possibility of one encompassing literacy. The sense of permanence and eternity that this literacy instilled prevents us from making the best of technological progress. It is no wonder that it is disintegrating. The new literacies provide means for human interaction appropriate to achieving probably the most radical forms of individualism and the most intriguing means of social interaction. We are in for a ride that can only get more exciting. Those who insist on bringing along the baggage of their literate prejudices will get sick at each curve in the road. And they'll miss the many rainbows along the way.

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