I had many different emotions while watch the PBS Documentary “Digital Nation” for our ED554 class. The documentary did a nice job of not showing a completely bias opinion. I sided with the professors that believed technology was here to stay. The professor from USC said, “With change comes gain and pain”. He meant that throughout history we as a society have always been going through changes. Each time there is a change there is turmoil and mixed emotions because people are uncomfortable. They may feel forced into something that they are not ready to experience. However, with such pain there is immense gain. As a species we are always evolving. This means that we are heading towards things that improve our lives. The documentary criticized multi-taskers and their ability to retain actual information. I think that their opinion was just a reflection of their capabilities to not do the same task with proficiency. I think that change is inevitable and we hinder that change and evolving by being afraid. We can’t move forward if we want to remain in the past.
The part of the documentary in South Korea and the students obsession with gaming was interesting. I had never heard of this before. However, I did find it a little ridiculous. A parent was complaining that she was going to lose her child to gaming, but I never saw her do anything in her home to help. She sent her son away to a “rehab for gaming”, but she never restricted access in her home or enforced rules. Parents can keep their kids from going to the PCs all the time. I found it very creepy when the children were reciting in class their responsibilities online. I think this is because I remember that the government enacted the mandates and it all felt a little 1984ish to me. I remembered seeing a video on South Korea and their new grocery shopping stores. They came out in 2011, which is a while ago. I encourage everyone to check it out. It certainly is convenient.
I also was research the social media revolution and stumbled upon a lecture by Dr. Michio Kaku. He has his predictions of what will happen by 2030. That is only sixteen years away! In fact I will be only forty years old by that time. I would like everyone to watch and see if they agree with Dr. Kaku. He says that scientist can do these predictions based off of interviewing 300 of the worlds best scientists and by applying Moore’s Law. Check it out!
*side note he gave this speech in 2009, so even more predictions could have happened.