Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Come along to our GR8 Debate!

QUT Information Professionals Alumni & ALIA Queensland present, as part of  the National Year of Reading 2012, the ...

GR8 DEBATE! Digital culture is killing reading and writing 
Come along for an entertaining investigation of how digital technologies, such as iPads, social media, and the 'instant' internet culture are impacting upon our core, traditional abilities and views of reading and writing. It is particularly relevant in the National Year of Reading, to take stock of the advantages and disadvantages that digital culture has for the future of reading and writing.

We have a tremendous panel lined up to battle it out:

On The Negative side, who will be convincing us that digital culture is not the death of reading and writing:

John-Paul Langbroek is the QLD Govt Minister for Education, Training and Employment & Member for Surfers Paradise
Jane Cowell is the Director Public and Indigenous Library Services at the State Library of Queensland
Marcus Foth is Associate Professor & author in Urban Informatics at QUT specialising in social media & mobile apps

On the Affirmative side, arguing that digital culture is indeed having an adverse effect on our reading and writing skills:

Natalie Bochenski is the state political reporter for 4BC news, author, director and travel enthusiast
Bruce Woolley is an international journalist and correspondent & sessional academic in journalism at QUT
Erica Hateley is a lecturer, author & researcher in children’s & adolescent literature at QUT

Moderated by Peter Black—Senior Lecturer in the faculty of Law at QUT, specialising in internet law, media law and the legal and policy issues surrounding social media.

When:             Tuesday 21 August, 6.15pm for a 6.45 start
Where:           Gibson Room, level 10, Z Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus
How much:    $10 non-Alia members                     
                        $7 Alia members and students
RSVP:            Friday, 17 august 2012
               Fax: 07 3138 1514
QUTPay:        You have the option to RSVP and pay online through QUTPay.     

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We look forward to seeing you there!

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