Literacy in the age of information
It’s not a connection one would normally make: listening to a thoughtful discussion about the need for teens to learn porn literacy reminded me of British chef Jamie Oliver’s 2010 TED prize talk.
That may sound odd, even a little disturbing, but bear with me.
At 11:15 in his talk, Oliver shows a group of children an assortment of vegetables. The kids can’t identify them. Not even a potato. This, Oliver explains, is normal. Many children have no idea what real food looks like.
Then consider that some studies have shown up to 90% of adolescents have seen pornography online. Other studies put that number at 50%.
Without the tools to help them deconstruct the images they see, teens get a serious dose of unreality. The unspoken message? This is normal.
This is where we are, in what we call the Information Age.