Posted on January 17, 2011
Although social media is all around us, there is a tendency to forget that it is still new and, in the case of public health, very new. What would / did our health communications system look like if it was designed for pamphlets instead of apps, door-to-door visits instead of Facebook, and libraries instead of websites? It might look a lot like today.
An increase in well-intentioned health and education groups are violating the etiquette of social media by sending unsolicited emails to people and the blowback that comes from that might be enough to derail the good health communication messages to come.
The iPad’s visual interface provides an opportunity to engage a whole group of people who are shut out of computing: namely those with low literacy levels. The ability to promote literacy and engagement may be true the killer app (delivery system).
The future of electronic communications may very well be tied to tools that enable adaptation and best share our narrative fragments, which is strangely the way we used to communicate.
How to make sense of information in a complex learning environment and why is it important? If we think about climate change, pandemic flu and other serious issues, we may come to the conclusion that this is among the most important topics we can devote time to.