There’s a lengthy, interesting article at The New York Times this morning. The article is characterized as being on the literacy debate but I think it’s actually about a subject I’ve mentioned from to time before here: visualcy. Here’s the bit that caught my eye:
“Kids are using sound and images so they have a world of ideas to put together that aren’t necessarily language oriented,” said Donna E. Alvermann, a professor of language and literacy education at the University of Georgia. “Books aren’t out of the picture, but they’re only one way of experiencing information in the world today.”
From my point-of-view the critical question is what kind of cognitive implications will the transition to this new communication modality have? The cognitive changes brought about by literacy created philosophy, science, and representative government. What effects will the cognitive changes brought about by visualcy have?