A Material and Practical Account of Education in Digital Times: Neil Postman’s Views on Literacy and the Screen Revisited

Vlieghe, Joris (2015) A Material and Practical Account of Education in Digital Times: Neil Postman’s Views on Literacy and the Screen Revisited. Studies in Philosophy and Education. ISSN 0039-3746

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Abstract

In this article I deal with the impact of digitization on education by revisiting the ideas Neil Postman developed in regard with the omnipresence of screens in the American society of the 1980s and their impact on what it means to grow up and to become an educated person. Arguing, on the one hand, that traditionally education is profoundly related to the initiation into literacy, and on the other hand, that the screen may come to replace the book as the prevailing educational medium, Postman’s theses are worth reconsidering. Moreover I propose to develop further one strain of thought in Postman’s work, viz. the interconnectedness of technological inventions, material practices and ideas regarding what education is all about. As such I analyse in great detail the differences between traditional and digital literacy by looking from a material and practical perspective at how we relate to books and screens. This is not a normative analysis, but one that aims at fleshing out differences in spaces of experience. As such I wind up with suggestions regarding the affordances that a new form of literacy, no longer based on the model of the book, might bring about.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: The final publication is available at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11217-015-9473-4
Keywords: Digitization Education (Digital) literacy Literacy practices Material practices Technology Postman Stiegler Agamben
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: Susan Blagbrough
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2016 16:05
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2016 16:05
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/794

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