Digital Text for the 21st Century: A Manifesto in Support the Marriage of Prose with Cinema

By Terrence Ross.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Moving into the new millennium, there is gathering agreement that we have shifted to a non-linear, visual culture. There is much less unanimity on what would be the most advantageous shape for this shift. This manifesto will explore possibilities. Educators have begun to incorporate non-print text into the classroom. Still, too often schools teach children a “language” (written text) that is distinct from the “language” (media) that dominates their lives. This is a situation, which must be addressed to a degree commensurate with its importance. In addition, narrative options are opening up for storytellers to escape the restrictions of the film business. All must remember what a society needs artists to be-- ruthless truth tellers. Digital arts offer ways for even a single author (auteur) to reclaim that orientation by fusing the subtlety and depth of written text with a cinematic flow of emotional images. Redefining (reinvigorating) language is our most pressing cultural issue. This manifesto is a reasoned yet impassioned shout out to educators and artists to join the debate about the shape of a new literacy.

Keywords: Media Literacy, Narrative Web Site, Digital Arts, Language Arts Curriculum

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.19-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 542.978KB).

Prof. Terrence Ross

Assistant Professor, Communications Department, Adelphi University, New York, New York, USA

Terrence Ross is a published novelist and an award winning filmmaker. Currently he is an Assistant Professor at Adelphi University. He is also the director of the SAY IT! media literacy program. He is developing an experimental narrative web site, He is interested in art and in education. He believes our culture has shifted paradigms and that educators and artists need to acknowledge this change. He is a single father and lives with his son in lower Manhattan.


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