James Buckingham Posted over 3 years ago Why is visual literacy discouraged in most cultures & WHAT CAN WE DO to change that? Yes.. wholeheartedly concur. I'm seeing students having fewer hangups about using any number of tools to help get their ideas down somewhere. I credit a lot of it to the growth of Web 2.0 where collaboration, invention and creativity are actually more encouraged. More opportunities to share with others one's talents, ideas and opinions. Problem for many is not knowing certain tools exist.