The Bi-Literate Brain

The dictionary definition of ‘bi-literate’ has always been the ability to speak, read and write in two different languages, but in recent years the term has been borrowed and modified to take on a whole new meaning: the ability to apply both ‘scattered’ and ‘deep’ reading.CATHRINE VERSFELD takes a closer look.

With the advances in technology over the last few decades, we find ourselves reading and writing more than ever. Where 20 years ago, most typing was done by professional typists or secretaries, modern office workers now work with computers and do all their own typing. Along the same lines, we have adapted to accommodate more incoming communication. We no longer rely on a few letters, faxes and telephone calls for our information, but face a daily barrage of hundreds of e-mails, Instant Messages, Facebook posts, Twitter feeds and text messages. Similarly, we can now access any amount of news and information we need, merely by Googling a subject and scanning the results online.

Read more on The Bi-Litarate Brain in our March 2015 issue. Subscribe here!

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