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Visual media?

July 23rd, 2008 by Graham Attwell

Cristina took this photo whilst we were chatting this morning. Started me thinking – when I set out as a researcher our media was esentially print. Working in Germany, I used to visit the University of Surrey library twice or three times a year to photocopy vast numbers of journal articles. In 1995 we were still sending project documents by snail mail. Telephones were the main mean of ‘chatting’. How things have changed. Skype is always on, Tweets twitter in and out, people are always ‘present’ in my office. The challenge I feel is how to manage the flows of information and how to reflect the richness of such communciation on this web site. The web site itself is increasingly a mashup and i guess we will further develop that. But I wonder if we are not still over-reliant on a text media – at least for reflection – as our society moves more and more to using visual images.

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