November 22, 2004
CNN.com column: Prestidigitating... come on, get in on the act!
I have a column up on the CNN.com web site, and I just got a nice note from the director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project saying 400 people from all over the world participated in the study just in the 24 hours after the column went up! That is very cool. I hope folks are still doing it.
I plan to write some other columns based on the issues raised in the survey, but the English teacher in me wanted people to use the writing process in completing the survey as a "way in" to discovering what they really think. So often we don't even know what we think about many things until we take on thought experiments that force us to write out and "own" our own thoughts.
By Christine Boese
CNN Headline News
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Posted: 9:47 AM EST (1447 GMT)
(CNN) -- I had more fun than I had any right to the other day. I looked into my crystal ball and imagined the future of the Internet.
What I really did was participate in a study by Elon University and the Pew Internet and American Life Database by taking an intriguing online survey. A big part of this prestigious study is longitudinal, taking place over a long period of time.
More than 10 years have passed since this research project began, so the database is full of predictions made in the early 1990s. The researchers intend to continue the study into the future, to judge the success of the predictions.
The site is open for browsing and searching, so you can hop in and read some of the famous, humorous and edgy predictions from pundits, journalists and ordinary people about what the Internet could become. As years go by, this should become an absolute treasure trove, but it already is an amazing read.
Make your predictions first!
But wait! If you plan to take the survey (and it is open-invitation, so go for it! Click the link in the sidebar) don't read the predictions before you start. This keeps your ideas from being influenced by all those other folks. The survey includes both quick multiple-choice questions and open-ended short answer space where you can describe your prophetic visions in greater detail.
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