You probably read the January 5, 2007 Chronicle article in which college students were interviewed about their learning preferences and reading habits. A statement made by Sarah Mihelic., a communications major, stuck with me: “My dad is still into the whole book thing. He has not realized that the Internet kind of took the place of that.”
It’s not the message. It’s the delivery. By packaging it as “the whole book thing,” she has wrapped up the concept and placed it on display next to the brontosaurus over there in the corner. Both are curious kinds of things not really relevant — not even alive — to her.
Combine her sentiment with the Time Magazine announced Jan. 19 that it is cutting nearly 300 employees, “including the most profitable publication, People, as it moves to invest more in its Web sites.”
My conclusion? http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/19/business/media/19time.html?_r=2&ref=technology&o
The written word is alive and well. It’s just in a different location.
This is underscored in a mind-bending 32 page 2007 Horizon Report brought to our attention by collegewebeditor.com/blog
As editor Karine Joly says, this is a must read if you’re going to keep pace with the quickly changing ways of communicating. Reading this report was like stepping into Second Life and experiencing a lecture by Phillip K. Dick. (Notice I didn’t say “listen to a lecture.” PKD’s ideas are transmitted instantly as thought images complete with sound and emotional gradations shared by all in the virtual classroom).
The report is a great primer for those just wading into the 2.0 world and those who are in up to their knees.
Okay, the Baby Boomers are the last generation to value reading words on paper as a way of gaining knowledge.
But I will admit, the evolving forms of education and knowledge sharing are really exciting, fast, and more democratic.
(Psst. Dad! I’m still into the whole book thing, too.)