Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Best of Times - The Worst of Times?


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This great Flash mockumentary by journalists Sloan and Thompson (thanks for the links Pete) explores the possible death of print media (NY Times) in a media 'history' from the birth of the WWW in 1989, through the births of Amazon(94), Google(98) and Blogger(99), the pivotal 'Web2.0' [my term] year of 2004 and into 2015 when the NY Times is "just a newsletter for oldies"...

According to columnist John Leo:



"Rupert Murdoch, speaking at the recent convention of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, advised the group to encourage their readers to use the Internet more as a supplement to print coverage He warned that newspapers risked being "relegated to the status of also-rans" if they don't make use of the Internet. Columnist Rick Brookhiser had a blunt comment in the New York Observer: Murdoch was just being polite--what he meant is that newspapers are dead."

I recently discovered from Tim Lauer's blog that the NY Times is now podcasting. :-)

(There is an earlier version called EPIC 2014 which has some interesting differences...)

I wonder what an 'history' of education from 1989 to 2015 would look like? Educational possibilities for around 2015 is something a number of edu-blogs have been exploring over the last couple of months... eg 2Cents Worth

How much leadership and wisdom will educators (and students) inject into the educational version of 'EPIC'? (Will there even be an distinct education version?) Will it all 'just happen' without direction from educators? Will it be superficial or deep?

The time to co-create preferred educational futures is certainly NOW if we want to move into the best of educational times... Fortunately we are onto it :-)

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5 Comments:

At 10:56 AM, Anonymous Pete said...

Hi Roger,

Just spotted anohter interesting person and their book...

If you are interested:

http://www.rudyrucker.com/

You well already know of this person. He has written:

The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul

Worth a look may be

 
At 11:45 PM, Anonymous Pete said...

Hi Roger,

Just found an MIT study to show what teens think will be obsolete by 2015:

mit.edu/invent/n-pressreleases/n-press-06index.html

"The 2006 Lemelson-MIT Invention Index, which gauges Americans' attitudes toward invention and innovation, found that a third of teens (33 percent) predict the demise of gasoline-powered cars by the year 2015. One in four teens (26 percent) expects compact discs to be obsolete within the next decade, and roughly another one in five (22 percent) predicts desktop computers will be a thing of the past."

"Teens are also optimistic that new inventions and innovations can solve important global issues, such as clean water (91 percent), world hunger (89 percent), disease eradication (88 percent), pollution reduction (84 percent) and energy conservation (82 percent)."

And there is more if you have a couple of minutes to look.

 
At 8:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 10:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that technology will be so widespread that tv can be seen on a cell phone or some type of device.

 
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