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New Literacies

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In his chapter entitled "New Literacies" Clive Thompson talks about the evolution of different forms of media over the years. What I found most interesting was his idea of the "post it note phase."

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(Note here, ironically, I have been taking notes on this chapter on virtual sticky notes on my Mac...)

A Brighter Future

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One thing I really liked from chapter 3 of Smarter Than You Think was the idea of a "theory of multiples", that big ideas are often discovered by multiple people at the same time. I fully agree with the concept that our big ideas often stem from our environment or the state of the world around us, because humanity doesn't thrive from thinking in a "sealed-off, Rodin's Thinker fashion". (59) We thrive from working together, clearly seen in the story of "Ushahidi", Ory Okolloh's brilliant thinking made a reality by a couple of colleagues who shared the same passion for altruism, for making the world a better place.

The Age Gap & Technology

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As I continue reading Smarter Than You Think, I'm fascinated by Thompson's discussions of reading, writing, thinking, and the interplay among them all. One topic I found particularly interesting in Chapter 3, "Public Thinking," was Thompson's discussion of Andrea Lunsford and her work in the field of writing research.

Before and after the internet

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I want to focus on a few lines from the reading. "Before the Internet came along, most people rarely wrote anything at all for pleasure or intellectual satisfaction after graduating from high school or college." pg48. It is very hard for people from our day an age to grasp how little people wrote before the internet. Now however there are scores of writings of all types from blogs, to books, to articles. So much that its hard to imagine how it all came about just from introducing the internet into our daily lives.
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