This Age of Computers

But this age of technology, this age of computers, will change very little in the social relations — the class relations — of which literacy is an inextricable part. Monopoly capital will continue to saturate most classrooms, textbooks, student essays, and texts of all sorts. It will continue to require a high degree of literacy among elites, especially the professional-managerial class. It will continue to require a meager literacy or none from subordinate classes.

— Richard Ohmann, “Literacy, Technology, and Monopoly Capital” (1985)


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