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ERIC Number: ED258572
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 15
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The Evolution of Information Delivery.
Taylor, Gene
Inventors through the ages have engaged in an ongoing attempt to overcome barriers that can prevent effective distribution of knowledge. One barrier involves the accuracy with which the primary source can be represented, e.g., early non-face-to-face communication inventions (e.g., drums, horns, and smoke signals) were rather abstract, while recent inventions (e.g., radio and television) provide information seekers with more accurate verbal and visual facsimiles. Other barriers have to do with the speed and immediacy with which information can be compreheneded without special effort or skills, and with the problem of quick, concise duplication of the original message for study and review. With the development of contemporary communication media, these barriers have been reduced substantially. However, public schools continue to rely on print as their primary source of information delivery. While the importance of print cannot be underestimated, it should be integrated with such media as audio recorded books, teletexts, video articles, motion pictures, television programs, long distance interactive verbal communications, and electronic print. These new media deliver many types of information faster, more accurately, and more cheaply than print, and the limitations that have kept educators from adopting them in the past have been largely overcome. The last remaining barrier lies within the institution of education, which must recognize that literacy no longer refers exclusively to print, and schools need to use the new media if education is to keep pace with societal changes. (BBM)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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