The Unconceivability of Digital Literacy

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

– Inigo Montoya, the (film of) The Princess Bride. Novel and screenplay by William Goldman.
Week 6: (digital) literacy (skills)
This week, I was in Gegynog at the final meeting of the Gwella participants. While there, a few people mentioned the phrase digital literacy. A variation of the phrase cropped up in the introduction to the readings for Week 6 of #PLENK2010 (see the Wordle above). It’s also a key theme of Robin Good and Howard Rheingold’s post New Media Literacy in Education which was one of the readings. Furthermore, it popped up in Wednesday’s discussion as reported earlier.

Like the Dread Pirate Roberts who keeps climbing the sheer cliffs after Vizzini has cut the rope:

HE DIDN’T FALL? INCONCEIVABLE?

The persistence of this phrase makes me think that it’s a topic that I can get my teeth into for the remaining four weeks of PLENK 2010. Perhaps I’ll be able to find out what it means.

Author: cpjobling

Senior lecturer, College of Engineering, Swansea University