August 18, 2009

TidBITS: A Post-Literate Technological Age?

When the best someone can come up with is a vague recollection of a program’s icon, it says to me that we’ve entered a “post-literate” technological society, one in which people have lost not just the ability to read and write about a topic, but also the ability to speak about it, all while retaining the ability to use it.

As someone who earns a living crafting text to help people learn how to use technology, I found myself profoundly troubled by Google’s video.

via TidBITS

Interesting thoughts about Google’s recent “What is a browser?” video.

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