The Civilization of Illiteracyby Mihai Nadin
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The spectacular but unsettling reality of faster cycles of change, breakdown of traditional values and institutions, and many other symptoms of technological innovation-what makes these necessary is the subject of this thought-provoking book. The answer to the failure of many seemingly eternal institutions-government, family, education-is not improvement in the traditional sense, but a fundamentally new perspective. The digital paradigm underlying the new civilization provides a basis for this perspective. But it will be misapplied unless understood within the broader framework of the driving forces behind human activity. All the good intentions of educators, scholars, politicians, and policymakers will fail if they do not recognize why literacy as a dominant framework of human activity is no longer adequate. The current dynamics of human activity is without precedent. It is not the result of technology, but of deeper forces of change.
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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.
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.
isn't a book on illiteracy a bit irinic