digital immigrants, digital natives

Sylvia Swift madonna at SOCRATES.BERKELEY.EDU
Thu Jun 29 15:49:00 UTC 2006

sorry if i missed the beginning of this thread.  i have been hearing
the metaphor as net native/net immigrant.  not sure who started it,
but it seems rupert murdoch's speech to the newsguys last year at
least popularized it:

"net immigrant" "net native" brings up nothing relevant on google;
"digital native" "digital immigrant" brings up 11,500 results,
including good old rupert:


At 08:14 AM 6/29/2006, you wrote:
>---------------------- Information from the mail header
>Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Poster:       George Thompson <george.thompson at NYU.EDU>
>Subject:      digital immigrants
>This is part of a email circulated among the librarians here:
>***  However, some users -- i.e. our "digital immigrants" -- may not
>immediately notice that issue.  If you get questions referring to that
>e-mail in the immediate future, you may wish to keep this admonition
>in mind.  I learned about that wonderful euphemism "digital immigrant" i.e.
>those users who did not grow up in a digital environment, at ALA.
>Given the current political environment I had to glance around the
>room before I started chuckling, lest I make a xenophobic gaffe.
>George A. Thompson
>Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
>Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.
>The American Dialect Society -

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