The word electrate does not exist in common dictionaries. It was a new made up word or what would be classified as neologism. There is an analogy which goes somewhat like this:
“Being literate is to reading/writing the way electrate is to technology.”
Let’s take literacy for example. First is our capability to read/write as in, forming sentences using words and to understand them. Second is our comfortability to use words at ease. Lastly, it is our familiarity to literacy – whether or not we are able to recognize the references made to outside sources (for example, references in the book Poisonwood Bible by Kingsolver to the bible).
This is the same with electracy. The different thing is that the tools involved are different. Being capable of “electracy” means that you can work a mouse or a simple program like Microsoft word document. The second step is to be comfortable in using them and understand what’s happening when working with it. Being familiar with the technology is knowing what others have been doing and incorporate it into your own work, similar to what the questions of the week are.
Basically speaking, being electrate is being able to transform hand-written material/media into digital material/media. For example, taking notes on a laptop in lecture rather than hand writing it. It also speaks the same for art: being able to do traditional canvas/drawing art but also able to do digital painting.
Using even less words, electracy is simply a “level up” from literacy. If one is electrate, it would mean that they are also literate. But if they are illiterate, they may also be anelectrate.
- Ms Gorbet’s definition of ‘being electrate’
- Ulmer GL. Internet invention: from literacy to electracy. Boston: Longman, 2003.