Someone randomly upvoted this and so it came back to my attention. Recently in Bloodlines (Star Wars), a canon novel, I read this:
Leia settled into her chair, picked up her napkin--and stopped.
Something was written on the paper streamer on plate. Actual writing. Virtually nobody wrote any longer; it had been years since Leia had seen actual words handwritten in ink on anything but historical documents. - ch. 13
This society uses computers to read and write, but doesn't appear to ever learn to draw the characters by hand. Would someone who is clumsy / nearly incapible of writing by hand be considered semi-literate?
I just read an article titled Most Citizens of the Star Wars Galaxy are Probably Totally Illiterate (by Ryan Britt) in which the author states that because of holocrons, comm-links, and holographic communication that literacy (and subsequently journalism and fact preservation) are essentially nonexistant in the Star Wars universe.
From the article:
If you simply stick to the Star Wars films, there is no news media of any kind. Despite the fact that we see cameras circling around Queen/Senator Amidala in the Senate, they don’t seem to be actually feeding this information anywhere. Are they security cameras, like the ones that recorded Anakin killing little tiny Jedi kiddies? This theory achieves a little more weight when you consider that the conversation in The Phantom Menace Senate scene is all about how Queen Amidala can’t verify the existence of a coming invasion. She’s got no pictures, and stranger still, no reputable news source has even written about the blockade of Naboo. Even if we put forth that cameras in Star Wars are only for security and not for news, that still leaves the question of why there are no journalists. A possible answer: it’s because most people don’t read, which means that over time most people in this universe don’t ever learn to read.
Are there examples of reading and prevalent literacy in the expanded universe?