I wish I could remember what I was watching; the speaker outlined five levels of literacy. People at the lowest level could neither read or write. People, one level up, had a rudimentary ability to read and write.
Then here came the claim – 50% of people in the United States were “functionally illiterate”. Is that true?
I’m pretty careful about sourcing information. I started preaching the importance of guarding your intellect, more than ten years ago, back when Saturn was in Virgo! As outrageous as this claim was, I thought it might be true. If so, forget being alarmed. I was thinking I’d need to adjust!
I tried discover the veracity of this claim but it was impossible (using search). However, I’ve seen enough over the years, ‘cross the country, on the internet and via connections made at work to feel it if isn’t true today, we’re headed in this direction. I say this for a few reasons.
First, “blogging”, became facebook, then twitter and now Instagram. I don’t have anything against photography. But I do see a lot of people who essentially let their breasts, their butt or their biceps do most of their talking. I
t’s astonishing, really. Page and pages of poses and poses and poses and more poses. There’s no reading involved.
I’ve noticed, more often that not, when I click to read an “article”, the message is very simple. Further, the uncomplicated information is repeated in the article in a way that’s blatant. Typically, the info-byte is offered in the first paragraph, repeated in the second and gone over a third time in third or fourth paragraph, if these exist.
As a result, it’s as if you’ve read more than is actually there!
If you do this all day, you’re going to become stupid. It’s sort of like gambling in Vegas, where the odds favor the house
Recently someone mentioned that astrology is popular with Millennials due to memes. I think this is probably true. I have nothing against the medium! Memes are fun! I well understand a picture is worth 1000 words. I also know that it takes brains to be clever! But there’s a risk too. People are tagged with their sun-sign stereotype, which can harm them in more ways than I care to count.
To bring this ’round, you’ve go to keep up your reading comprehension skill because frankly, the “market” is not in favor of your being educated. You’ve got to advocate for yourself in this realm, in this world, at this time.
Personally, I view myself as an algorithm at this point, meaning that I am adaptable and beyond that, I am willing and able to adapt quickly.