Drs. Don and Elizabeth
Perrin, Managing Editors
The most extraordinary change in human communication, the evolution
of the Internet, swept the world like an electronic digital tsunami.
We have all, willingly or not, been morphed. It is these new images
of ourselves, communities, schools, families, commerce, and government
that flood our consciousness. We have unparalleled opportunities
to improve the human condition and we have incredible obstacles
created by the very nature of this electronic web.
There is, however, probably no problem that will not ultimately
be solved by breaking it down into manageable sections. Consider
the SETI project to share the intelligence of thousands of PCs while
they are idle to decipher radio waves from space in search of intelligent
beings. As one pundit observed, - How do you eat an elephant? -
One bite at a time. The caveat to all of us involved in the change
is, in part, our different concepts of the future. This is as true
for education and e-learning as it is for commerce, government,
communities within nations and communities of nations.
Our position as communicators and educators is central yet tenuous
in the digital world. We talk softly. We do not carry a big stick
but a big electronic dictionary. We are painfully aware that evolution
of a digital society evokes a world that is very different and that
survival, both personally and professionally, requires a continual
relearning and adapting to change. Ergo fas est - Therefore it is
Que sera, sera - So be it!
and Elizabeth Perrin, Managing Editors
ED at a Distance Magazine and Journal