the author makes the point that the discourse around transliteracy is often framed around binary ideas like ‘attention vs distraction’. the traditionalists arguing that surfing the shallows of the web is eroding the skills needed to probe deeply, while the revolutionaries cheer the digital world of democratic access to knowledge. i love the comment made in the article that many traditionalists see a ‘picture of civilization on the brink of an irreversible collapse into a digitally-induced attention-deficit disorder.’
many have described the argument as a culture war. in this article, transliteracy is seen as the potential ‘middle way’, an alternative to the binary either/or position.