How does media change how we understand literacy and what are the ramifications for an increased or a decreased literacy rate among the population?Intro to mass media class

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I concur with the previous post's assertion.  The first part of the question is a bit unclear.  I will try to come back to it.  For any democracy, there must be as strong of a literacy rate as possible.  Individuals who are meant to lead and act in a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people" must possess a level of literacy and intelligence which will allow them to make the right decisions, educated of options and be able to make choices in the right frames of mind.  The more literate a population is in a democracy, the better a chance the democracy has to succeed.  The media plays a role in this process, as the more information which is generated to the body politic, decisions are made with more information and a greater amount of focus.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The first part of this question is a little hard to understand.  I'm not sure what change in the media you are talking about.

As far as the second part of the question, a decreased level of literacy would be disastrous for the United States.  As we move away from manufacturing to more of a knowledge-based economy, we really need people with good literacy skills.  If American workers become less literate, we will not be able to keep up with the rest of the world in innovation and technology.  This would be a major problem as many countries like China are developing fairly quickly and could become major competitors for the US.