Category Archives: Literacy

Social Media, AI, and Those Pesky Humans

Sometimes it just falls into your lap…. As some will know, I’m fascinated by artificial intelligence (AI), especially how it relates to literacy and our notion of being literate. So, when I read about Pi from Post Intelligence I was intrigued. Pi … Continue reading

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Beyond Literacy: A Class, An Event, A Conversation

Every time I teach the Beyond Literacy course (a First Year Seminar at Guelph) I am wonderfully delighted by the students. Frankly very few of them ever buy the premise of the course (“Reading and writing are doomed. Literacy as … Continue reading

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Beyond Literacy Radio

Just when you thought it was safe to go out into the literate world again …. Following from the success of Beyond Literacy (the “book-like-thing”), I’m pleased to announce Beyond Literacy Radio! Once again the topic is post-literacy; a thought … Continue reading

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Scarey – Just Like It Should Be

I’ve been teaching variations of a course called Beyond Literacy for a number of years (both to first year undergrads and sophisticated graduate students). After all this time, you would think I could teach this in my sleep, and with … Continue reading

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Literacy and Poverty: How Tragic

While I do think and write about the demise of literacy (see Beyond Literacy), I always insist that exploring post-literacy is a visceral way to emphasize the extraordinary power of literacy. I may speculate about a post-literate world but I … Continue reading

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Beyond Literacy: What I’ve Been Up To …

I’m terrified. In the best way possible…. For some time I’ve been working on a project about the idea of “post-literacy.” It’s a positive, upbeat, and enthusiastic exploration of the end of literacy (and the rise of some more profound … Continue reading

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How to Write (Advice from David Ogilvy)

I’m doing a lot of writing these days so I was taken by this recent post in Shaun Usher’s Lists of Note blog: How to Write. On September 7th of 1982, advertising legend David Ogilvy sent an internal memo to … Continue reading

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Pre Post Literate Thank You Gifts

I speak about post-literacy (the end of literacy) at various conferences or as part of courses. So what do people give me in thanks? Books of course. Here are two of my favourites. This came from the folks at the … Continue reading

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Post Literacy Talk at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery

MR @ RMG. Photo: Stephanie Foden My talk and discussion about post literacy (the future of literacy) at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) in Oshawa. My thanks to Will McGuirk and Sally Grande for inviting me. Also thanks to Paul … Continue reading

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The Great Debate at OLA SuperConference

OK. I lost. It was close. But I lost the debate. Congrats to John Miedema my worthy opponent. The audience was wonderful; thanks to all who came. It was crazy and fun and worth doing again sometime. ….Mike

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