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Multimedia in Geography: Good, Bad, Ugly, or Cool?

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Technology has changed drastically in the last few decades and is profoundly affecting the way in which geography is recorded, studied, and communicated. One of the developments affecting the discipline is multimedia, the use of more than one medium—text, still graphics, sound, animation, video—to represent and convey information. Interactive multimedia gives the user control over the order in which to see or hear that information. In its current use, multimedia implies the use of a computer and almost always implies interactivity as well. While multimedia opens doors for geographers to discover and communicate, it also raises issues of cost, control, effectiveness, accessibility, and potential negative intellectual outcomes. Like other technological developments, it will have an impact. We can pay attention to it, guiding its use and lessening its negative effects, but we cannot and should not stop its development.

Keywords: Multimedia; computers; design; interactive; technology; visualization

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Michigan State University

Publication date: December 1, 1997


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