A Cultural Invasion

Extreme frustration is giving way to a mild attachment I’m beginning to feel my new Motorola Q phone.  I’ve  never complained about the slightly larger screen (larger than Treos) and vibrant display.  But my eyes started to twinkle when I discovered that my new favorite RSS reader, Google Reader, has a handheld version that works wonderfully well through my Q.  I’m reading more blogs now, in off moments away from my computer.  Plus, when I’m at my computer, I want to work.  I want to build.  I don’t want to read. 

More about the building part later.

Anyway, I read in Will Richards blog this morning, an e-mail message he received from a desperate educator who was seeing valuable information resources blocked away from students because of the discomfort of librarians and supervisors.  I was reminded of something that Will recently said to Dean Shareski, and some of his friends, — a conversation that Dean recorded ans posted on one of recent Ideas and Thoughts from an EdTech, Podcast 22 Conversations on Change.  In talking about our efforts to reshape teaching and learning to the changing shape of information (my phrasing), Will said that we are dealing with cultural change.

It was a simple phrase, but it illustrated pretty clearly how tumultuous this struggle is.  We have been invaded and the conquerers are unkindly imposing a new way of thinking about information, the fuel of our economy.

But who are the invaders? 

Are they our children, the digital natives? 

Or is it simply the future? 

Are we simply at one of those points in history where the future and the past meet, like opposing tectonic plates, grinding against each other, erupting into devastating quakes and forcing up magnificent mountain ranges.

What will be the renaissance that will result from today’s turmoils? 

What do you think?

Image Citation:
LovemaX, “Gondla Village.” LovemaX’s Photostream. 29 Sep 2006. 15 Dec 2006 <http://flickr.com/photos/lovemax/255440643/>.

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Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.