Monday, 13 July 2009

Digital Natives v "digital immigrants"

July's First Monday has an interesting article titled "The digital melting pot: Bridging the digital native-immigrant divide". The author, a doctoral candidate in the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, argues that while the digital native–digital immigrant metaphor has been useful when having initial conversations, over time it has become increasingly innacurate. She proposes a new metaphor, the digital melting pot, which supports the idea of integrating rather than segregating the natives and the immigrants. She says that "instead of segregating individuals based on their skills or lack thereof, the digital melting pot is a place where all individuals, including those with low levels of competency, experience technology in a way that fosters opportunities without barriers."

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