WHAT IS ELECTRATE?
Electrate is having knowledge of technology. To be electrate is like being literate; you understand what you are looking at. It is a term that has not really made any difference in the lives of people until the personal computer started to take over large aspects of our lives. To live in our world today it is expected that you are electrate in some way, shape or form as almost everything requires some form of technological interaction. When we pay for our groceries, when we do our banking and when we try to gain more information, are but a few of the examples where being electrate is an advantage. We are close to becoming a completely electrate society, which would raise generations that have never been exposed to life without all the technological advantages we have now. This generation, the “last children of the 2nd millennium” (Gye), has some memory of what it was like before the digi-sphere explosion, and we may well be the last to have experienced it.
Interview with Gerald Hazelaar (IT-manager at Gunnabo Security), 5-10-09
Interview with Natalie Rodriques, 3rd year New Media, 6-10-09
Gregory L. Ulmer. Internet Invention: From Literacy to Electracy. New York: Longman, 2003
Lisa Gye, Halflives, A Mystory: Writing Hypertext to Learn