Saturday, September 25, 2010

QotD: The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn

Crisis mongers
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” - Alvin Toffler. Powershift: Knowledge, Wealth, and Violence at the Edge of the 21st Century, 1990.
Next time you complain about having to "figure out some new computer/system/reading device/etc." think about what this really means. If you could not read or write, would you complain about those who invented writing?

1 comment:

Joel said...

I would make the argument that in many cases, the learning of that feature/software/gadget is greatly hindered by a non-intuitive design created by the lack of foresight and planning that needs to go into planning such a design.

It doesn't take a 120-page user manual to take a pencil to paper and start writing something down, even if the marks you make are unintelligible to the rest of the world. :)