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What is Digital Illiteracy?

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I know I have become a bit lazy these days in regards to my computing skills.   It’s a housekeeping attitude, if you don’t do it regularly, things start to get murky on your laptop. So what is the problem exactly?  Well here’s where Marc Scott highlights what seems to be a real growing problem… Digital illiteracy:

Kids can’t use computers… and this is why it should worry you – Coding 2 Learn

Kids can't use computers... and this is why it should worry you - Coding 2 Learn | How to Grow Your Business Online |

From – Today, 8:55 PM

TL;DR? Why not just go watch another five second video of a kitten with it’s head in a toilet roll, or a 140 character description of a meal …

Examples are:

They click ‘OK’ in dialogue boxes without reading the message. They choose passwords like qwerty1234. They shutdown by holding the power button until the monitor goes black. They’ll leave themselves logged in on a computer and walk out of the room. If a program is unresponsive, they’ll click the same button repeatedly until it crashes altogether.

If you might be thinking this is rambling of minor nerdy issues here, then Andrey points out just how the beginnings of computer and digital illiteracy can later affect your future censorship and access to information…

Andrey Fedorov – Google+

Andrey Fedorov - Google+ | How to Grow Your Business Online |

From – Today, 9:29 PM

This is a great article, if you look past the attitude. It mentions that too many people don’t know the difference between the internet at large and www,…

Andrey‘s insight:

Several otherwise very intelligent people in my life don’t understand the details between:

– China’s “great firewall”
– US NSA intercepts and network neutrality debate
– UK’s proposed porn filters

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Whilst China’s Great Firewall, the NSA, and UK Censorship may seem like irrelevant to our everyday lives, the initial article has sprung up a debate of some 800+ comments. Obviously, somewhere along the line people don’t like to be told they aren’t educating their kids, or that if you don’t use it – you’ll lose it.

Arguments popping up like “Easy to say, but not everyone has access to learning” are the common dogma and defense for digital illiteracy, but fundamentally keep us computer illiterate.

It is the mindset of learning and how we seek out information that is becoming obfuscated. How can we begin to make the cloudless cloudy, when we allow digital illiteracy and the false truism that kids are computer geniuses because they can work their iPhones.

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