Saturday, January 2, 2010

Education and Information

'The other and mostly unexplored axis of an information-saturated culture is depth. Each of us has the capacity to dive in and learn more about almost anything than ever before'. - Mark Pesce, The Drum

Pesce is right to argue for a move from bredth to depth in our information rich age, but I suspect that online information sources, particularly public sources, are not all that deep for non-dominant cultural knowledge. If modernity was characterised by the primacy of text, then post-modernity must be characterised by the primacy of hyper-text.

The democratic potential of hyper-information will not be easily realised.

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