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Sunni Brown

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Why is visual literacy discouraged in most cultures & WHAT CAN WE DO to change that?

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Visual literacy, if described as the ability to communicate via doodling, drawing, and sketching or described as the ability to display complex information in visual language formats, is often a literacy missing in adults despite it being a universal and natural inclination in children. Why does it disappear? And more importantly, what can we do to alter this course?

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    Nov 1 2011: I think it is because we set great store by efficiency. (usually, the cramming system is to improve efficiency.) This is obvious that for efficiency, to communicate via letters is better than via doodling, drawing, and sketching.

    And, yes, we have always been visual creatures---as for seeing. We have always been talking creatures---as for communication though. And for that communication, we are using phonograms that are combinations of letters that create unique sounds, and not drawing.

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