Developing a Mind-set for a Digital Future: The Importance of Recognising and Encouraging Innovation, Experimentation and Support
There is an urgency to adjust the way Australians think about and respond to digital technologies. The perceived trend of technological uptake in the broader community is that it is largely being driven by commercial interest. The author suggests that this trend needs to be tempered by citizens being 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 the recent work conducted by the author in both secondary and tertiary teaching in media production as well as his facilitation (participant observation) of a small rural community’s attempts to establish a self-help satellite television service. This rigorous research is supported by his thirty four years of production experience in the Australian Television / Video industry.
This paper suggests that, due to the all pervasive spread of digital technologies into every facet of life, anybody over 25 years of age, probably needs remedial help with digital uptake. Further it argues, that recognizing and addressing the need to understand this phenomenon is a major step towards integrating it into our lives.
Keywords: Digital, Analogue, Net generation, nonlinear, CyberDocumentary
Dr. John Francis Hetherington
Lecturer, Media Production