Literacy, Then and Now

Literacy, Then and Now     
 Maureen Baron

The traditional definition of literacy, when print was the supreme media format, was the ability to decode, understand and communicate in print. But the world has evolved, and print is no longer the dominant media format—that role has been usurped by the electronic media. To be literate today, people must be able to:

  • decode, understand, evaluate and write through, and with, all forms of media
  • read, evaluate and create text, images and sounds, or any combination of these elements.

In other words literate individuals must possess media literacy as well as print literacy, numeral literacy and technological literacy.

 Maureen Baron



~ by bilalbadry on March 18, 2009.

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