Introducing Beyond Literacy Radio

PrintWelcome to Beyond Literacy Radio, a thought experiment about the possibility of a post-literate future; a future where reading and writing have been replaced or displaced by a more profound and advantageous tool, capacity or capability.

Beyond Literacy Radio (BLR) continues and extends the dialogue created by Beyond Literacy (the “book-like-thing”) published online in 2012.

The podcasts for BLR will focus on literacy, reading, the nature of post-literacy, candidates for post-literacy, interviews with others debating this idea, and a consideration of how we will transition from a literate to a post-literate society.

The Editorial Team for BLR wants to nurture a distributed conversation. You are encouraged to comment on this site, on the podcasts on Soundcloud and iTunes (when they become available), on Twitter @BeyondLiteracy or on any other platform. Let us know what you think.

…Mike Ridley



One thought on “Introducing Beyond Literacy Radio

  1. Hello Mike and post-literate peers,

    Congratulations on Beyond Literacy Radio!  It’s a wonderful idea and I love the production.

    I’m not post-literate enough to express myself in 140 characters but using Disqus is better anyway. Having been part of this project this time last year, I have had a year to help me digest some ideas on what post-literacy means.  Yes class, this course will haunt you much after the end of the term.  

    After all the ideas I’ve heard about post-literacy and all it could look like, the only thing I believe will be absolutely true is that it will be a gradual changeover.  If it happened too quickly and radically, there would probably be an uprising of literate people fighting to the death against cyborgs or something…but I digress.

    I have been a teacher for 3 years.  I believe that I am an effective educator.  I consider myself to be more well versed on technology than the majority of my peers and colleagues.  I also consider myself to be current with educational literature. I am very open to Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences.  It is a widely accepted theory on learning and thinking.  In short, he theorizes that there are 7 different types of intelligences (or ways of learning and thinking):

    Linguistic intelligence (involves sensitivity to spoken and written language, the ability to learn languages, and the capacity to use language to accomplish certain goals)

    Logical-mathematical intelligence (consists of the capacity to analyze problems logically, carry out mathematical operations, and investigate issues scientifically)

    Musical intelligence (involves skill in the performance, composition, and appreciation of musical patterns)

    Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence (entails the potential of using one’s whole body or parts of the body to solve problems)

    Spatial intelligence (involves the potential to recognize and use the patterns of wide space and more confined areas)

    Interpersonal intelligence (is concerned with the capacity to understand the intentions, motivations and desires of other people)

    Intrapersonal intelligence (entails the capacity to understand oneself, to appreciate one’s feelings, fears and motivations)

    From my experience as a teacher, and early childhood educator, I have seen these ways of thinking and learning in the classroom.  However, after taking this class, I realized that Howard Gardner overlooked one more type of intelligence.  Digital intelligence.

    This intelligence is concerned with communicating with computers by manipulation, language, touch, input and code.  There is an intuitive intelligence that is developing among young children and this is it.  Take a look at a preschooler and watch her play with an iPad or look at a teenage boy playing PlayStation 3.  They just know how to communicate with these devices.  I believe this is the new literacy, that some basic understanding of technology will be needed to adequately communicate and to participate in society.  It is my hope that as future educators (yes, that includes you librarians), we cater to this way of thinking and learning and help promote, develop and support digital intelligence.

    Have a great semester.

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