His public lecture is scheduled at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 19, in Emerson Suites. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the event.
The Real Digital Divide -- What Dinosaurs Don't GetFor more information about Brown and his visit to IC, see John Seely Brown
Kids who grow up digital learn, interact, get their 'news,' deliberate, and create meaning for and among themselves in ways quite at odds with us -- digital dinosaurs who think knowing how to use email makes us digital.
This divide between today's digital kids and yesterday's analog teachers, politicians, communication specialists, and parents is of critical importance to bridge. These differences are not only social in nature but lie at the heart of building a 21st century democracy since they concern ways that digital kids come to know and believe.
This divide also concerns an emerging class of vernaculars quite at odds with our text based notions of literacy. Indeed, this divide might best be glossed as the divide between (digital) natives and (digital) immigrants.