“A kind of image-thinking, or thinking through or via images, electracy invites the kind of ambiguity that literacy loathes.”(the Electrate Professor)
To me, being electrate is more than just to be technologically literate, it is not only the ability to read & write like with normal literacy, it is a more interactive form of literacy. To be elecrate means to not only have a working knowledge of technology such as the internet but also be able to apply the knowledge you have to problem solving & non-technological aspects of you life. Also I believe that being electrate gives a huge advantage in our society, even before the term was actually thought up, employers & schools were already looking for prospective employees & students to be electrate.
So why should we even care what this term means as new media artists? well for us being electrate is as important as being literate is to being a journalist. Even though electracy is more of a theory based approach to learning than literacy it is still something that will be extremely important in the job market of the future. Being new media artists our knowledge of technology will be what sets us apart from each other & our electracity will have a great effect on our level of success.
1. New Media/New Methods: The Academic Turn from Literacy to Electracy
2. Lila Pine’s Definition of Electracy
3. the Electrate professor