To be computer literate means having the ability required to operate a computer and different related technologies. In this day and Age, we use computers for everything; there is no profession that does not use the computer or its related programs. To evaluate or maintain a consistently gradual rise in practical application and social productivity from any technology one must understand how computers benefit humanity as a whole, starting from local education.
Being computer literate is no longer an advantage in today’s society but a requirement, it is crucial for today’s employer when someone knows how operate a computer and the different programs it offers. Computers are used to write papers, doing research or even communicate with other people.
In the first world, computer literacy is not as much of a problem as it used to be but in other non-western world it is still a big problem especially when it comes to education. Let’s face it computers are expensive therefore the availability of them is rare in the third world; but people still find them because people are curious to know what this piece of equipment can provide. Computers can provide a sense of freedom because when one knows how to work it, and is aware of the different programs that it offers, there is no limitations to what you can do. Computer fluency is different from computer literacy because computer fluency has been argued to be an important goal of not only a computer education but a liberal arts education.
The fear of some educators today is that computer training in schools will serve only to train data-entry clerks of the next generation, low level workers of the knowledge economy. On the other hand, some hope that enhanced computer literacy will enable a new generation of cultural producers to make meanings and circulate those in the public sphere. The wildfire of cultural production associated with sites such as YouTube seems to support this notion.