Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
The media may change, but are writing and text "not going anywhere", as Negroponte says? It's hard to imagine a more efficient vehicle for communication, even if we are tempted to skim text in the new information-rich internet. "The multiple quotations in this posting are an example. The video or audio material from which they came represented considerably more time viewing, active listening, and transcribing on my part than it will take any reader of this posting to "consume" them. Many gigabytes of video material can be represented by a few megabytes of words."Indeed. If there is anything that will replace text, it would gave to be something that is equally abstract, and it is in that, I would say, that we need to look toward to find the future of communication.

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