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ERIC Number: ED341104
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-1
Pages: 8
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Taking Forensics into the Community: Prospects for the Future.
Garner, Patrick H.
As pressures within university communities continue to mount to provide validation of outcomes and maximize use of scarce financial resources, forensic teams can establish their own validity while helping communities in their time of need. As society begins to splinter and its problems fester, forensics can offer American communities the very communication and dialectic skills it purports to create. When evaluating the role of forensics in future communities, it is necessary to first consider the futures of both forensics and American society, and then evaluate the possible interface between communities and the forensic world. One definite trend in forensics is toward computerization. Aside from word processing or information storage and retrieval, hypermedia and interactive video offer new communicative options, and virtual reality (where a computer can simulate a three-dimensional world) offers the potential for creating different types of virtual scenarios for forensics competitors. An apparent trend in American society is toward a greater rift along economic and educational lines. Forensics, taken into the community, can provide the forum, the stage where the divisive elements of American society can begin to be reunited, since the dedication to dialogue and free expression of ideas is intrinsic to all forensic activity. The Kettering Foundation for example, has been influential in sponsoring study circles on the future. (PRA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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