The Civilization of Illiteracy [NOOK Book]

The Civilization of Illiteracy

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Copyright 1997
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Editorial Reviews

Philip L. Smith
"That knowledge is process and that students and teachers of all ages are partners in this process is what Nadin perceives education to be in the Civilization of Illiteracy. This is philosophy of education at its best".
E. Hirsh, Jr.
The Civilization of Illiteracy is a most impressive work which follows in the tradition of McLuhan in finding a post-literate culture now dominant, but the work transcends McLuhan in the breadth of ist learning and the depth of ist analysis. Clearly Nadin is a master scholar who has scarecely a peer in this field.
Jeffrey Nickerson
A stunning analysis that places literacy in a large mosaic-like context of signs, language, mediation, and work. Previous writing on literacy now seems simplistic. Instead of nostalgically bemoaning a lost golden age, Nadin shows how understanding literacy as a tool can explain the way it has developed, and what is coming in the future. He discusses the power of the visual-from drawings and diagrams through to cinema and digital television-and makes striking conclusions about how literacy is finding a new role in a world of many media for communication, expression, and work. The book is truly pragmatic. It discusses this phenomenon in the context of our changing society, our families, our diet, our sports, and our religion. The message will certainly have a dynamic effect on the reader, creating an image of the future that is both surprising and convincing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783655023877
  • Publisher: MVB E-Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Sold by: MVB Marketing
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 908 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction: Literacy in a Changing World 3
The Chasm Between Yesterday and Tomorrow 17
The Epitome of the Civilization of Illiteracy 53
From Signs to Language 77
From Orality to Writing 97
Orality and Writing Today: What Do People Understand When They Understand Language? 116
The Functioning of Language 143
Language and Logic 175
Language as Mediating Mechanism 203
Literacy, Language and Market 224
Language and Work 251
Literacy and Education 282
Language and the Visual 321
Unbounded Sexuality 353
Family: Discovering the Primitive Future 378
A God for Each of Us 407
A Mouthful of Microwave Diet 445
The Professional Winner 477
Science and Philosophy - More Questions Than Answers 500
Artifacts and Aesthetic Processes 534
Libraries, Books, Readers 574
The Sense of Design 590
Politics There Was Never So Much Beginning 611
"Theirs not to reason why" 663
The Interactive Future: Individual, Community, and Society in the Age of the Web 691
A Sense of the Future 729
References 771
Index 869
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  • Posted January 24, 2011


    isn't a book on illiteracy a bit irinic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2002


    The author is explaining what happens to us. The digital age started and we have problems understanding it. This is why I like the book. It explains. It argues. It is a book all libraries should carry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2001

    If you want to understand this age of change and instability

    If you want to understand this age of change and instability you have to read this book. It is not easy reading. But it goes to the bottom of the many questions wse all face. It deals with digital technology without getting lost in the minutia of technical details. It deals with us, those who program and use machines, without repeating the stereotypes of user friendliness. Take your time. You will end up recommending the book to others.

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