In the world of multimedia, we now communicate in myriad ways that go well beyond text-based transmissions:
- Snapchat - predominantly photos, supported with some text
- Texting - predominantly text, supported with emojis and gifs
- Twitter - predominantly text, but limited in number of characters
- Facebook - ubiquitous in its ability to merge text + graphics + photos + video
- Blogs - predominantly text, supported with photos (sometimes with video)
- Vlogs - predominantly video, supported with some text
- Websites - every communications modality except touch and smell mushed together (though the technology will likely add the latter two, somehow, in the near future)
This (non-exhaustive) list is expanding daily.
I propose that the term "literacy" must now be expanded to a triad of communications capabilities:
- Inform (or to be informed)
- Influence (or be influenced)
- Interpret (or be interpreted)
There are great implications here for those of us who are parents or educators or influencers or employers.
Somebody has to teach our children these skills. Intentionally would be better...
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