Literacy in the Cyberage

reviewed by Gary Brown - 2002

coverTitle: Literacy in the Cyberage
Author(s): R. W. Burniske
Publisher: Skylight Publishers, Arlington Heights
ISBN: 1575172801 , Pages: 242, Year: 2000
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This book identifies literacy in the Cyberage as an aggregation of multiple literacies, including media, civil, discourse, personal, community, visual, global, evaluative, and pedagogical. Each receives a chapter of explanation, complete with an instructional strategy and examples for promoting it. All are essentially rooted in current composition theory and practice, even, for the most part, the chapter on visual literacy. As a result, there is a nagging unease as we stand on the brink of wireless, broadband, high definition, multipoint audio and video. "Composing ourselves online," the subtitle of this volume, ticks like a time bomb in this digital, literal, and soon to be virtual holographic light. Burniske’s contention that "students must learn to create an online persona through the words, expressions, and ideas they put forth" is an incipient artifact of this quickly passing age (Already Moore’s law is obsolete). The connotations of composure that share roots with "compose" will sooner rather than later eclipse the textual in composition. That even the current emphasis on writing... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 1039-1042 ID Number: 10806, Date Accessed: 9/28/2021 2:57:28 AM

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