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Paper: Interactive Panel and Audience Discussion: The Future is Here: Can EPO Navigate the Digital Age?
Volume: 431, Science Education and Outreach: Forging a Path to the Future
Page: 29
Authors: Shipp, S. S.; Dribin, N.; Gay, P. L.; Stockman, S.
Abstract: The digital divide refers to the gap between individuals with access to digital technology and those with limited or no access. In the EPO profession there is another digital divide: the divide between EPO practitioners who believe Twitter and other forms of social networking are the downfall of literacy—and perhaps of American society, and those who see boundless potential for engaging a global audience in Earth and space science. One thing is certain: we’re not in our parent’s world anymore—our’s is a world increasingly run by electrons and hand-held devices that inform, entertain, connect, and fragment our audiences into an infinite number of special-interest groups with shortened attention spans that form and reform in nonlinear ways. How does EPO evolve to match the new media and electronic realities? Is there still a place for storytelling, for laddered learning experiences, for traditional methods? How do we adapt? How do we rise to the new challenges of the new media age?
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