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Big Ideas for 2013: Digital Literacy

The Big Idea for Friday, December 28, 2012

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
    Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd Think Tank
  2. 2 Why So Lonely? Don't Blame Technology
    Parag and Ayesha Khanna Hybrid Reality
  3. 3 5 Programming Languages Everyone Should Know
    Larry Wall
  4. 4 Good Programming Is Like Good Writing
    David Heinemeier Hansson

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