Social Media Is Creating A Post-Literate World

“People wonder why their daughter is taking 10,000 photos a day. What they don’t realize is that she isn’t preserving images. She’s talking.”

The invention of reading and writing forever changed the world from an oral world to a literate one.

This Bloomberg article suggests the rise of social media has caused an equivalent shift and created a culture more reminiscent of an oral world than a literate one.

The article points out the similarities between an oral world and our current social world include that we reward redundancy, put greater emphasis on verbal jousting, and reward ideas that are easily memorized and repeatable.