What is Post-Literacy? Part 2

Beyond Literacy has been exploring the idea of “post-literacy.” A number of the commentators have argued that this concept is both problematic and misguided. They suggest, among other things, that my view of literacy is too limited or even too expansive. The question “what is post-literacy?” is entangled in the larger question “what is literacy?” […]

Continue Reading →


The Project So Far

Beyond Literacy began publishing about four weeks ago and the reactions have been encouraging. Some of the responses have been quite direct. I have been taken to task, quite rightly in many cases, for being too strident, serious, boring, shallow, text-centric, and poorly read. Most pointedly one person referred to the initial chapters as “bovine […]

Continue Reading →


Examples of Post-Literacy

What could post-literacy be? Options include new technologies, unrealized innate human capabilities, and combinations or mutations of existing capacities. The post-literate equivalent of the alphabet (Alphabet 2.0) could emerge from a number of sources. The considerations that follow suggest a wide array of possibilities, some more plausible than others. Of course, these are the thoughts […]

Continue Reading →


Characteristics of Post-Literacy

“If the ideal of communication is a meeting of souls, then writing is a sad shadow of the ideal.” James Gleick, The Information (2011) If we can agree that post-literacy is a positive development and not a decline into some sort of anti-intellectual wasteland, then we need to consider what would it be like. What […]

Continue Reading →



Reading and writing are doomed. Literacy as we know it is over. Welcome to the post-literate future. Beyond Literacy is a thought experiment about the demise of literacy and the rise of other capabilities, capacities or tools that will effectively and advantageously displace reading and writing. While the prospect of the end of literacy is […]

Continue Reading →