By: David Yu
To be electrate is a state of being which implies that someone is able to exercise the maximum amount of communicative functions found in electronic media. Electracy is a combination of the words “literacy” and “electronic”, linking that communication can be found in digital media, as opposed to simple ink-and-paper media. It is the equivalent of being literate in a whole other medium with electronic implications, unlike printed, oral, and written communication.
Being “anelectrate” (which is the inability to communicate digitally) would mean that one has a lack of communication skills necessary. Without this understanding of the digital realm and technology it is likely going to be very difficult to function in a modern world where so many people exist in some digital form. It is the equivalent of being illiterate; there’s a wall that limits the full potential of communication.
There are so many ways that people communicate themselves through digital or technological means, whether it is blogs, avatars, and any sort of digital interaction. It symbolizes the transitioning period between printed media to electronic media, with people nowadays becoming close to a society where media can stretch through a realm never seen before.
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