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3. Multimedia and Academia: Why Use Multimedia?

The cliche, "a picture is worth a thousand words" exists for a reason: sometimes information can be more quickly, clearly, and powerfully communicated through image, sound, video, or other non-text medium. 

In some disciplines, we might assume that multimedia objects are common. For example, it would be difficult (although not impossible) for research in the visual arts (such as art history, photography, or film) to not include multimedia since the research is generally based on non-text objects. The same case could be made for music and dance—research is often based on the sound and sights of performances.  However, multimedia resources are also used extensively in the sciences (medicine, engineering, physics, etc.), the social sciences (business, psychology, etc.), and the humanities (literature, religion, art history, etc.), too.

The main reasons why multimedia are used in academic work are to: entertain, instruct, and inform or persuade. In most cases, these purposes overlap, and this versatility is just one reason why multimedia is useful for academic spaces.

 




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