Literacy (def) : The primary sense of literacy still represents the lifelong, intellectual process of gaining meaning from a critical interpretation of the written or printed text. Key to all literacy is reading development, a progression of skills that begins with the ability to understand spoken words and decode written words, and culminates in the deep understanding of text. Reading development involves a range of complex language underpinnings including awareness of speech sounds (phonology), spelling patterns (orthography), word meaning (semantics), grammar (syntax) and patterns of word formation (morphology). . . source Wikipedia
How can it end? The Smartphone will do it.
2. Speech to text
4. Intelligent search
Why is this important to the development of reading, literacy, and knowledge? Without the brain’s constant opportunity to decode and retrieve literate content the cognition will atrophy and we will become dumb.
So here’s to the development of the DUMBPHONE. Thats a device that requires that you spell when you text and which won’t send the message until all the words are correctly spelled by you.
And as a bonus all those shortcuts we use will become new dictionary entries.
Thanks to Colin – editor