I looked at my first nugget from the reading in what I guess would be classified a biological perspective. I feel that we are allowing technology to dominate us rather than enhance our own natural capabilities. Generations upcoming will be losing knowledge instead of learning because every step of their life is laid out for them. With this iPhone feature in particular, they no longer have to worry about their “tone of voice” while sending a message.
For me, making an associative trail from my first nugget to the next one-found on Apple’s website- worked by finding something that would reinforce the point I was making. As you can see, I literally searched “craziest apps” in an attempt to find one that would that would prove my point. However, everything I found there was just ridiculous. The apps were not even ones that necessarily did something for us, they were more of what I call “time-sucks”. Perhaps my error was in titling these apps “crazy”, I should have labeled them useful and maybe something more like what I was looking for would have came up. Then it occurred to me to check out Apple. It crossed my mind that their products make my life easier by far, and I have heard word of a new iPhone coming out very soon. I knew that the Apple website is full of announcements and teasers about the latest technology. Surely I could find something here and almost instantly, I did.
“Man cannot hope fully to duplicate this mental process artificially, but he certainly ought to be able to learn from it.”- in regards to mankind attempting to duplicate our own thought process with technology. This strikes me as interesting that someone thought mankind’s relationship with technology ought to be this way, because it feels to me as if we are entirely opposite that as a society now.
Take Apple’s advertisement that their latest update, iOS8 is “the smartest keyboard ever'”, which boasts that this technology can even detect your intended tone while sending one a message. Isn’t being able to convey a certain tone something you should be able to on your own while sending a message? If you are unable to, simply give that person a phone call instead. Texting already has allowed us as humans to avoid the confrontation of verbally addressing someone. Having a keyboard that will take care of even the “tone” of our messages brings that even one step further-potentially resulting in us losing that ability to vocalize all together. We are not learning, we are losing.
As seen on: http://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/ and http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1945/07/as-we-may-think/303881/
The risk of not engaging-my view:
So the idea behind this thought is what happens if faculty, often an older generation, does not engage in social media usage the way they expect their students to. Will this cause them to lose some sort of connection they may have gained in being able to debate with students over twitter? (Would you still call that tweef???) What crossed my mind, however, was how much it affects a student of this generation to not use social media. The reason this was the first thing I considered was because I don’t use instagram, twitter, snapchat or any of the social media sites most others do. Creating a twitter account for this class genuinely baffled me because I no longer use it and quite frankly don’t care to spend time relearning how to abbreviate my life for the world (aka my 3 followers) to read. I miss out on the hashtags and the 150-words-or-less news updates. (Or is it 120?) I deleted these social media accounts and apps a while ago and was pleasantly surprised at how much I really didn’t care what I was missing. Isn’t it enough to witness these moments in person or to be able to talk about a dire event with someone using more than however many characters twitter allows you? It takes away some of the excitement from something that may actually be really thrilling to learn in person when you’ve already seen it posted on snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, twitter and Pintrest within 15 minutes of it happening. Take a wedding engagement for instance. Or your best friend getting into the college they’ve been dying to go to. It’s almost old by the time you tell me in person-I might not even seem that interested when you’re talking about it because sorry, it really sounds like you’re reciting your Facebook post out loud? I struggle with wanting to keep up with technology and at the same time not wanting it to consume me so much that I absolutely must stay in the loop of every single person’s life every second of my day. Although I can certainly see where this blogger is coming from, I don’t think I really agree that “the bigger risk is to not be engaged” as far as social media is concerned. Let’s look at this in the teacher-student aspect as it was intended. My professor hashtags me back a response to a eureka moment that I just HAD to tweet… it couldn’t wait an hour more for class-I need to get that patent pending before someone else steals my idea. Ooh, that was good. Should I wait to reply to my professor in person? Nah, I’ll just tweet him a response. An hour later, class rolls around and we’re asked to begin a discussion. Well this doesn’t apply to me, obviously, because I already finished my discussion before class even started. #Winning!!!! There’s really not much left to debate. So with nothing left to say, I sit silently in a classroom of talking people. What a bigger risk it is to me right now to not be engaged.
Ideas pulled from: bwatwood.edublogs.org