December 28

21st Century Living

Friday’s Big Idea

Big Ideas for 2013: Digital Literacy

If you're connected on Facebook or LinkedIn, does that make you truly hooked up for the 21st century knowledge economy? Or are you still one of the "programmed," as opposed to a "programmers"?

Separately but relatedly, are you a content consumer or a content producer?

In today's lesson, Clay Johnson, author of The Information Diet, argues that software developers should take responsibility for the vital role they play in a digital society, and individuals need to be aware of the basic digital literacy skills we need to possess in order to be programmers, not just subjects who are programmed.

  1. 1 The New Digital Literacy
  2. 2 Why So Lonely? Don't Blame Techno...
  3. 3 5 Programming Languages Everyone ...
  4. 4 Good Programming Is Like Good Wri...
   
  1. The New Digital Literacy

    The New Digital Literacy

    Clay Johnson, author of The Information Diet, argues that software developers should take responsibility for the vital role they play in a digital society, and individuals need to be aware of the basic digital literacy skills we need to possess in order to be programmers, not just subjects who are programmed.

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  2. Why So Lonely? Don't Blame Technology

    Why So Lonely? Don't Blame Technology

    Turkle rightly asserts that such familial association is what we will all come to have with machines, and that children are the only ones who understand it right from the start. Children recognize the powerful magnetism of robots that are programmed to respond to human affection (by purring, chatting, batting eye lashes and so forth). Some of them say that they would like to give a robot as a companion to their grandparents, but worry that the grandparents might prefer the robot to them in the long run.

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  3. 5 Programming Languages Everyone Should Know

    5 Programming Languages Everyone Should Know

    Java is “heavyweight, verbose, and everyone loves to hate it,” but Wall still thinks you should know it.

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  4. Good Programming Is Like Good Writing

    Good Programming Is Like Good Writing

    “A big part of what makes Ruby so special to work with is just how much expression you can pack into a few lines of code,” says Hansson.

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