Museums And Social Media Ė Donít Forget The International Perspective
In most cases, social media and individuals from the field of museums don't gel with each other. Most museum people ignore the social media sites without realizing that it is the surest way to dig their own grave. Had they been aware of the effects their statements and words could have, they would be much less likely to make generalized statements with regards to their work or beliefs.
All that is needed is a simple awareness and acceptance of the different views of others. This can go a long way in leading to much more promising and effective communication with other museum people as well as the public. The use of simple means of communication such as a cell phone should also be appreciated. This can help educate and communicate with a much larger audience on a wider scale. There was a recent article on THINK that caught the eye. According to it, there are numerous nations in Africa and Asia that use SMS services to educate people in rural areas on a variety of disciplines such as Math and English. If these developing nations can come up with such innovative programs, why canít the museums of the developed world learn from them.
A major question to ponder on for most museum people is regarding the impact on the world due to the fading away of social statuses and educational disparities because of the use of digital technology. Another question that needs answering is the impact of the surging use of technology on cultural and other institutions across the globe. As the full effect is not yet known, a study and insight into other cultures may go a long way in providing some answers. Therefore, it is of prime importance for museum people, irrespective of their designation or post, to understand the nature and impact of various kinds of social media forms.