Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Digital Nation Reflection

Wow. I was expecting the movie to be all positive on the concept of technology. However I’m not surprised. I remember hearing about people dying in the Asian countries because of the gaming world. The only thing I had to relate to exaggerated video gaming was dating. It sounds off topic but it’s not. My friends and I notice a difference in the guys we dated based on age. Besides the obvious of maturity levels there were also the endless video game hours. The older the guy we dated the less we were subject to video games. The phrase "Sega Boy" which I first heard in an all time classic, Mall Rats, was used to describe this same type of guy which the strong, independent heroine dumped during the movie. When is technology too much?

Lately, I’ve been receiving invitations thru email to all kinds of parties: holiday, birthday, bachelorette and communions. My invitation for my wedding has always been something I dreamed about some day and I refuse to send it via the World Wide Web, but if I don’t will some people miss my wedding? If I don’t cater to the inbox and the mail box, I might lose my techie friends and families presence. There is definitely a gap between the digital immigrates and the digital natives but, I think the movie was more interested in the difference between traditions and ultra fast technology world we live in today.

I found the movie to be very interesting and difficult to pick a side. The toughest thing to grasp was the Military experience world. At first I found it morally wrong; however from a business perspective it is ingenious. It is both terrible and great. Here is a way to show perspective recruits what is sort of like a real battle. Then they can make a better or more educated decision before joining. Or this is a way to trick perspective recruits to think military or war is fun like video games. Unfortunately we might never know because our studies of the technology world are continuously out of date.

The principal was right when he said that kids tomorrow won’t have to remember information but will need to build, solve problems and other technology related activities. As a teacher I will believe both sides. I want to teach not only the basics but also the concepts to find the means to survive in the technology world.

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