I’ve learned that the meaning of “literacy” has been adapted to include a variety of non-print media, and the term “reading” seems to have gone right along with it. Of course no one says they “read” films, but in a sense that is what happens when a viewer decodes meaning or interprets a message from a film. When the medium of the text changed, so did the act of reading.
If I kept track of my daily reading:
- headlines on NPR.org
- Facebook newsfeed
- Tumblr feed
- blog posts with #library and #literacy
- The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict
- Google doc presentation
- Pottermore account
That’s today, well the 10 hours that I’ve been awake. And notice. Only one of those items is print the rest are digital. That list doesn’t even include the auditory and visual texts I’ve “read” today.
The move of reading from print to digital has some people worried, but a lot of experts saying that reading is reading is reading. What seems to be the recurring problem, no matter where kids and teens are reading, is that not enough of them read for fun.
What is a parent/teacher/librarian to do if the fun factor is missing?! I’m not a parent, teacher, or librarian (yet), but there seems to be an easy solution. Promote agency in a kid or teen’s choice of reading. I’m of the mindset that there’s bound to be something out there for everyone, and that doesn’t just mean a print book on a shelf somewhere.
Check out Motoko Rich’s four-part series “The Future of Reading” on nytimes.com.
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