August 25, 2008

I’m working on a small theory that the ways we create arrangements has everything to do with what we see and thus what we know. In other words, there is a wide difference between listing and visualizing. Historically, we’ve been asked to list–to work and present in a linear way a strong claim and evidence to support that claim. Ramus introduced an element of the visual into this epistemology, but its function was primarily to illustrate the linear for the purposes of the self-educated. With a renewed interest in the role of the visual in making meaning, and with various technoologies (from post-its to the digital and the network) to hand, using the visual as a primary means of expression is taking hold.

In sum, being able to do both is part of what literacy in the 21st century will include–and entail.


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