Information in the twenty first century

“In the twenty-first century, …knowledge is becoming less a question of ‘What is the information?’ and more of a ‘Where is the information?'” (p.91)

“…as context begins to play an increasingly important role, it becomes easier to talk about things like visual arguments; expanding the notion of literacy to include [-p.95] images, color, and sound; and how information is transmitted through new phenomena, such as viral distribution.” (pp.94-95)

“In a world where images, text, and meaning can be manipulated for nearly any purpose, an awareness of the play of context and the ability to reshape it become incredibly important parts of decision making. Since many of the places we now look for information do not carry the institutional warrants that have traditionally been used as markers for accuracy or truth, learning to navigate through and evaluate them – an expanded notion of literacy – is now critically important. We need to learn to read in a whole new way.” (p.96)

Ref: Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown (2011) A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the imagination for a world of constant change. Lexington, Ky. : CreateSpace?


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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