Tuesday, February 24, 2009
On the "Post" in Post-Literacy
The moniker "post-literacy" does not mean or refer to a state or context after literacy. It does, however, rely on the supposition that individuals and groups (maybe even society) have "worked through" literacy...that literacy has been iterated into something else. This is not to say that literacy has been mastered or achieved its ultimate possibilities. Literacy has merely morphed or matriculated along trajectories to a point that it no longer resembles a dominant historical definition (such as the one that curriculum insists upon). Some aspects of symbolic interactionism touch on this in valuable ways.