Monday, February 15, 2010

My Literacy Narrative: An Interview

Last year I gave an interview for the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (DALN), which is a project put out by Ohio State to collect interviews about people talking about gaining literacy in various fields. Most obviously, we talk about reading literacy, but this project also wishes to study computer and internet literacy. I suspect that this archive will prove of interest to future historians as they look at the first generation to be raised on computers and the internet.

My experience with reading and the role of books, computers and the internet in my life, become launching pads for a variety of issues familiar to readers of the this blog, including Judaism, History and Asperger syndrome. I talk more directly about my personal biography than I do on this blog so that might be of interest to those wishing to learn more about me as a person. Readers of this blog, who have not met me in person, might find the pair of video clips of me speaking to be of interest to see what I am like in real life. One of the major issues with Asperger syndrome is that it affects not only how I think, but also my physical mannerisms, how I move and talk. A number of friends have commented on the difference between talking to me in person and reading me in print. I would be curious as to the opinion of readers on this.

So after seeing me, what do you see me as, leader of the free world, criminal mastermind or eccentric professor?


Miss S. said...

I am not remembering well, but I think I met you and THEN read your blog. I think you read my blog first. Anyway, I didn't know about the Asperger's until after that. I don't know if it seemed all that strange. It was more strange that you spoke to me (most people do not initiate conversations with me; I think there is a myth going on out there that Black people are not capable of conversations perhaps?).

Joels W. said...

kol hakavod.