The chapter of New Literacies in Thompson’s 2003 book, Smarter than we Think is amazing. As I was reading, I couldn’t help but get excited for what is to come in our literary world. There are all kinds of different mediums now, different ways to connect with the world around us. We have more access to public publishing than ever before. You can self publish books, you can publish your thoughts through social media, send a thought instantaneously to another person, and even share pictures with the click of a button. Technology is changing at a rapid pace and we have to try to keep up. The idea of library’s now printing in 3D is both scary, and delightful. Scary-because we have no idea how to handle this concept. Delightful- because we have the power to make literature come alive. Literally. This form of printing allows for so many different people to experience literature. It also changes the future of writing dramatically. We've never had to worry about including work that is meant to be brought to life in our books before. Now we will have to change the way we write, read and teach.
Thompson’s writing seems almost futuristic to me, but really he is writing about the here and now. It's weird to think about the things like augmented books and 3D printing and realize that things like that are happening now. The future has arrived, but what does this mean for the future of the book though? With “literacy” not being limited to just reading or writing now, the future of the book looks better than ever to me. Some critics would disagree and say that the book is dying, but I think it's thriving. We are discovering new ways to incorporate technology into reading every day. This is allowing a generation of children raised on iPads and Apps to be interested in reading. Words are being paired with the best kind of creativity- art, videos, pictures, links to websites etc… This reminds me of the augmented reality books that are rising in popularity. The combination of books and videos to enhance the experience for the readers is made possible through the use of technology in these unique books. You are actually able to use an app on your phone to make pictures come to life or to link to a video on the page itself. The new literacies that Thompson writes about mean that publishing books will increasingly get harder, because you will not just need an expertise in writing now. You will need a slew of other skills to publish a book now! Overall, I’m really excited for what is to come for the book and see how technology is incorporated more and more into the book process.