Literacy in the 21″ Century: Turning Language Divides to Life—Dividends on the Concomitant Paradigms of Print and Internet
Akinwamide Tim. Kolade (PILD)
Ekiti State University
One of the basic important factors in the partitioning of the world which has created a great divide of concern is language. The International Date Line runs zigzag along the meridian 180 degree to avoid confusion of dates but human beings are left to solve the knotty but thrilling confusion and contradictions inherent in diversity of world languages. Language which can be arbitrary in application can also be conventional in utilization. Today, language—divide has led to balkanizations of peoples along political, religious and economics interests. The aftermath of this divide is often seen in internecine and political vendetta. This paper then is proposing an all pervading literacy that opens concomitant privileges of expanding literacy through the print and Internet. It is a reality
that the world populace is polarized along the print readers and the web readers. The full utilization of both will definitely remove social barriers, insecurity and frustration that are often the off shoots of non understanding of strange languages and cultures. Subscribing to the danger inherent in misunderstood words, Hubbard (2007) says it often leads to phenomena one and two of quitting a positive line of action. The proffered solution to the menace of the misunderstood word is exploring all avenues of getting the correct usages of the term misunderstood. This then calls for literacy beyond language limitations.
Keywords: Literacy, Technology, culture, multilingualism