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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds JON: So we’ve reached the end of this six week course on creative coding. It’s been an introductory course and we’ve tried to introduce you to some basic concepts that we think are really important if you want to learn how to code creatively. There’s a whole lot more that’s out there that you could take advantage of if you’re really interested in this area. So Mark, why do you think it’s important that people learn how to code?

Skip to 0 minutes and 28 seconds MARK: Jon, I think of John Warwicker’s conversation in week five when he’s talking about typography, specifically about the Gutenberg Bible. Now the Gutenberg Bible was printed and within 10 to 20 years, 10 million copies had infiltrated Europe. So it completely transformed society. And I think we’re going through the same type of transformation now. In 100 years’ time, we’re going to look back at this period of time the same way we now look back at the early 20th century, in which education reform kind of infiltrated society and people will learn en masse how to read and to write. Now, it doesn’t mean to say that everyone can write a book, but they can read and write, and work in society.

Skip to 1 minute and 11 seconds So I think we’re having the same type of transformation now.

Skip to 1 minute and 14 seconds JON: So I guess what you’re saying is that learning to code is a really important literacy skill and doesn’t mean that you have to be a professional programmer and make it your career. But at least understanding a little bit about how software is written is really important in just navigating today’s contemporary world, which is so intensely mediated by computers and software, that we really have very little knowledge about how it’s written, or what it’s really doing behind the scenes.

Skip to 1 minute and 40 seconds MARK: Absolutely. With that knowledge, we’ll be better able to navigate the future.

Skip to 1 minute and 48 seconds JON: OK. Well, that’s a very interesting thought to finish with. And again, thank you for joining us for this course. And we’ll hope to see you in future courses on creative coding. Thanks and goodbye.

Skip to 1 minute and 59 seconds MARK: Goodbye.

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Jon and Mark discuss their closing thoughts on Creative Coding and explain why they think it is a new and important cultural literacy.

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