I thought we had some great conversations today about progress and our personal responsibility in shaping what we see as progress. I’m reminded of three things this morning as I consider this: 1) A student in class the other day said that without technology he would not have been able to email me over the weekend about a paper due on the upcoming Monday. Is this progress? As a professor I would rather that student start working on the assignment earlier and have them talk to me in person about the assignment so that we could really delve into his thought process for the paper. But now, with technology, I lose the face-to face time which I think is unfortunate. 2) I also have lost some important “ho-hum” time with my newly acquired iphone. As I mentioned in class I had a flip phone until last October, which I had for 9 years. It was quite traumatizing to have to get rid of it and I was concerned that I might change my habits if I did get an iphone. While I’m not on it all the time, I do find myself turning to it for entertainment when I’m bored rather than just sitting with my thoughts….and I’m not sure this is healthy. Which brings me to 3) Louis C. K has an awesome clip about iphones and technology: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HbYScltf1c
If you get a chance to watch it, let me know your thoughts. Also, as you make choices today, consider why you make them. Are we making choices in the name of progress?
happy 3rd day of NI Week!