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September 12, 2008 by Tara Brabazon

Has the internet created a new generation of readers, writers and thinkers? Three members of the Popular Culture Collective addressed this question for Gartner, the international provider of research and analysis on global information technology, during their Portals, Content & Collaboration Summit.

Held on September 11, 2008, Gartner Analysts Toby Bell and Debra Logan mediated the discussion with the PCC's Abigail Purdy, Zanna Dear and Grantley Greene. They offered commentary and insight into the future of the workplace, the integration of technology into leisure and the role of mobile media platforms in the building of identity and community.

The previous day, Director of the PCC, Professor Tara Brabazon, delivered a Keynote speech at the Summit, addressing the place of information literacy in debates about 'new media.' Titled "Fundamentalism of the mind or wagging the long tail? Google and the future of Thinking," her presentation asked for greater attention to be placed on education in technology rather than money channelled to technology in education.

The Google Generation (from left to right) Grantley Greene, Abigail Purdy and Zanna Dear
The Google Generation (from left to right) Grantley Greene, Abigail Purdy and Zanna Dear.

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