What does it mean to be ‘electrate?’
To me, ‘electracy’ is a term that is simple and complex all at once. It was coined by Gregory L. Ulmer who said “electracy is to digital media what literacy is to print.” From what I understand it quite literally means to be literate in a more artistic and digital sense of the word. It has less to do with what you can read and understand and more to do with what you experience and interpret.
In the very near future I think electracy will become a word used quite frequently and will come to have new meanings with each new technology and generation that is created. As new media artists it is important to understand this term because our level of electracy can sometimes determine our level of adaptability or efficiency. For me the word has an eerie dystopian feel, it urges the question, “how plugged in are we?” How much of a part do we take in the technologies that surround us today? How do we understand them and how are they beginning to understand us?
Lila Pine’s ‘What it means to be ‘electrate,’ blog. Web. 08 Oct. 2009. <https://mpm17fall2009friday.wordpress.com/>.
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