It was left unstated in the readings, but nothing is perfect. No one thing is going to be able to teach everyone in the way they respond to best. I do think that it is important to learn the new digital age at the university level, but it is also equally important to be able to not get hung up on that.

Digital Literacy is just like normal literacy. It is very important to be able to read and write at a collegiate level for most everything that happens after university schooling. Just so it is important to be able to “read and write” digitally. But it is not important for every person to be able to write a book and understand how books are made, what makes a good book, and become book critics over their tenure at university if they are studying engineering.

There is a tendency to think that understanding the nuts and bolts of the internet and what the internet is and who the internet is for, is somehow important to everyone that uses the internet. While it is fascinating for some, and indeed the money maker for still fewer, there is a large portion of the world for whom understanding the complexities of websites, webpages, and servers, is simply unnecessary.

Nothing is perfect. It can be argued that this extra digital literacy is an excellent idea, it can also be argued that it is unnecessary and superfluous. But it can be stated to a reasonable degree that it could be interesting and perhaps useful years down the road.

Granted who knows if the internet will still be an important part of the world in a few years even?

One thought on “Discussion of Readings for September 5, 2018

  1. Great thoughts here — the third paragraph in particular grabbed my attention, and I wondered what you think is unnecessary. It might be clearer with more reference to the readings. It would be useful, for instance, to have direct quotations from the readings that you then respond to.

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