Developing a mindset for a digital future: the importance of recognising and encouraging innovation, experimentation and support

Hetherington, John Francis (2006) Developing a mindset for a digital future: the importance of recognising and encouraging innovation, experimentation and support. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 2 (2). pp. 25-30. ISSN 1832-3669


There is an urgency to adjust the way Australians think about and respond to digital technologies. In all forms
of information processing the current growth rate is nearing exponential. Together with the anticipated convergence of new
technologies and the subsequent transformational reach of change into all aspects of our daily lives, whether culturally,
socially or technologically, Australians are going to need urgent support to handle the revolution at their doorstep. I suggest
also that these citizens should be openly encouraged to contribute innovative ideas as to how these ubiquitous new tools
might be used. An analogue past relied on straight-line logic and linear presentation whereas the contemporary digital future
will require Australians to evolve and practise a versatile non-linear ethos in order to successfully engage and exploit it
for its creative potential. Using a practice focus this paper will draw upon research findings (inductive reasoning) from my
recent work conducted in both secondary and tertiary teaching in media production as well as my facilitation (participant
observation) of a small rural community's attempts to establish a self-help satellite television service. This research is
supported by my thirty-four years of production experience in the Australian Television and Video industry. This paper
suggests that, due to the all pervasive spread of digital technologies into every facet of life, people over 25 years of age,
that is those not of the net generation, are likely to need remedial help with digital uptake. Further it argues, that recognizing
and addressing the need to understand this complex phenomenon is a major step towards integrating it into our lives.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:39
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2014 01:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital technologies, digital uptake, rural satellite television
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150307 Innovation and Technology Management
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160808 Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology

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