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Research Essay

  • Submitted by: Fortuna91
  • on March 27, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,347 words

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What’s Really Growing in Canada?
There is a common misinterpretation that the illiterate population in Canada only embodies the people who are incapable of reading and writing. While this represents the problem in its severest form, it does not capture it in its entirety. Literacy as defined by the Canadian Government is   "the ability to understand and employ printed information in daily activities at home, at work and in the community - to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential."(ABC Life Literacy Canada)   When the issue is viewed under this lens, it is evident that illiteracy is not just plaguing the minority but it is rather an increasingly concerning issue for the majority of the Canadian population. It is a problem that has perhaps been magnified in recent years by the technology-age as we are, “Becoming information-rich and attention-poor”(Nicholson, 2009, pg. 363)   as stated by Peter Nicholson. Media outlets are readily accessible and can provide the specific information needed at such a rapid pace; however this is largely responsible for a decreasing aptitude to discern any meaningful knowledge from a written body of text despite being able to read it. There is differing degrees of illiteracy but all can have a multitude of adverse effects – the very worst being preventing an individual from making decisions regarding their well-being and more mild effects which would involve impeding an individual from maximizing their potential contribution to society.
Post-secondary school offers many examples of illiteracy and some of the motivating causes of it. “Sentence-paragraph prose has quietly made its way into a great deal of writing”(McLuhan, 2002, pg. 197)   and can frequently be seen in many lectures as “the bullet-point list.”(McLuhan)   While these bullet-lists are primarily used to be a reference for students, it often just provides a shortcut to reading and interpreting the material they were extracted from. The effects of...

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