This is Getting Deep

The thing I grabbed from the Scribner essay, Unpackaging Literacy, was the idea that literacy may not make you more advanced than the next person or that different levels of literacy exist and function in the world with or without each other, but what they didn’t find in the Vai community were poetic or transactional writings; ones that reflected on feelings or emotions, or others that presented persuasive arguments.

I go back to our discussions around Plato and Aristotle and think about the ideas they were promoting and how writing allowed an individual the chance to document and reflect on what it is that he or she was mulling over, in turn promoting a more in depth analysis of self and the relationship of self to that world.

This reflective quality of writing is definitely something I’ve taken notice of more since thinking about literacy and why it is looked at like “magic bananas”.


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