August 25, 2008
Just Released, Palfey and Gasser's Born Digital
All hell is about to break loose -- the first generation of "digital natives" is coming of age!
That's not the message in John Palfrey and Urs Gasser's Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives (Basic Books, 2008) [book's website] but you might not know that from the publisher's blurb: "Our economy, our cultural life, even the shape of our family life will be forever transformed" ... a "portrait of this exotic tribe of young people who can seem, even to those merely a generation older, both extraordinarily sophisticated and strangely narrow" ... "a smart, practical guide to a brave new world and its complex inhabitants." Sounds like some aging hippies afraid that "our world will be reshaped in their image" wrote this blather.
Don't let Basic Books' marketing department distract you from this important sociological analysis of issues (e.g., digital identity, privacy, stranger-danger) that may be important to digital immigrants like us (but may not be important to digital natives). [JH]
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Quite right, Joe! We make the argument that these changes overall can be a good thing for society -- even in the places where disruption occurs -- if we can take advantages of the opportunities and minimize the worst excesses of what we see students doing. There's a crucial and growing role for librarians, in my view, in shaping the outcome of the story. Thanks for mentioning the book in your blog.
Posted by: John Palfrey | Aug 25, 2008 6:17:22 AM