Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Digital Literacy - a follow-up

Last time I posted here, I critiqued the concept that we should all become programmers. Instead, I suggested that interface literacy was the key to giving people the power they need to make informed decisions about current technologies.

Today, I've come across this article - Teaching Digital Literacy - which includes a video featuring Douglas Rushkoff talking about the subject of his new book Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age.

I'm currently trying to purchase a copy of the eBook to get a better understanding of the arguments Rushkoff is making (the vendor, OR Books, keeps 404-ing when I try to pay - nice work*). I still have issues with the terminology used, but the point he makes that the digital medium is just as full of bias as television, print and radio is really valuable. And that bias is not made up only of the content itself, but the actual method in which the content is shared.

Will post a follow-up here when I've had a chance to sit down and spend some quality time with the book. (If OR Books manages to fix their website.)

*UPDATE 29th Jan: I emailed them regarding the payment issue; still unable to pay via PayPal, and their non-PayPal payment method is not handled with a sufficient level of security, so I won't be purchasing the book for a while longer. Still, I have found this free sample chapter. And ooh, ooh. I have something to say about this. Next time.