A scan of newspaper and journal articles reveals that a number of “literacies” are emerging as the Information Age unfolds, including computer literacy, information literacy, media literacy, and visual literacy. Computer literacy was one of the first of the new literacies to be identified when computers became readily available for individual and home use, and it can be considered a component of information literacy, a broader term. As computers have replaced typewriters, people of all ages who had mastered that convenient means of writing have been obliged to learn to use a computer that resembles a typewriter in that it has a keyboard, but that has the potential to perform many other seemingly miraculous tasks. Typing documents is only one of many tasks that a ...

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