People of the Screen – How Digital Displays Are Changing How We Read


The August, 2010 issue of Smithsonian magazine has a fascinating article by Kevin Kelly entitled “From Print to Pixel.” The content is from Kelly’s upcoming book “What Technology Wants” arriving in October. In this article, Kelly traces the roots of reading and writing, the spread of literacy, the ubiquity of digital displays, and our shift from print to pixel to become screen readers, what Kelly calls “people of the screen.” More about Kevin Kelly here, including his leadership of Whole Earth Review and Wired.

Irony – You’ll note I began this post with a reference to Smithsonian magazine, not Smithsonian.comI first read a printed copy of this article given to me by my sister Bernice, then later sought the online version so I could share it with you.

About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, helps others make sense and make use of digital tools through his work, websites and social media. He has over 30 years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. He started this iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale to help others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online. His latest venture is Teach About Tech, a resource marketplace for technology trainers.