The video I chose to view for Tech Task #3 is by “Michael Wesch “, an Anthropologist Professor from Kansas State University.He talks about the effects of media and shaping the future of education. He begins the video by describing his experience of a trip he took to a small village in New Guinea. He explains how he essentially had to become a child to learn about this different culture since he was in a complete culture shock. Several of the villagers went out to become “literate” and came back with the plan to map out the area, create census, and change several other things about the village. It completely changed the village, and according to them, they didn’t like what the culture had become and still struggle with it today.  During this trip he learned that, “When we try to use media, media uses us. No way to opt out of media. It changes everyone. “ He continues with the thought that, media mediates relationship, so when media changes, relationships change.”  He also showed clips of a popular video that his class created collaboratively where students hold up signs that depict what students are really during class (Example: I just spent the whole class on facebook). Overall, I found that his message was that we need each other to learn, and new media changes the way that we need each other, so therefore changes the way we learn.
I found it interesting the way that he incorporated the story of his trip to New Guinea to give us a more “eye-opening” picture of what new media does to our way of life. I agree that learning is done through more than sitting and having information blurted to us within the compounds of 4 walls. Through education classes and Internship, it is very obvious that students are better able to engage in what they’re learning if they can trace it back to the time they first learned it. If every class is done by lecturing in the same classroom, it’s hard to recall what was being said when the information was initially shared. Also, I agree that the majority of the time we learn something new, it’s from each other. Even if it’s the teacher passing on new knowledge, it still counts as interaction to help you learn. For this reason, when media is the center for new knowledge, you learning from other people, shifts to learning from media. Therefore, it affects your relationships.
However, I don’t agree with everything he says. He makes it sound as if our whole way of life is affected when we start using a new type of media. In some situations it might, but overall, I wouldn’t say that me using a new cell phone is going to make my relationship with my parents go down the drain.
As a side note, I found it very interesting that Wesch is the one who organized the video that I’ve seen many time in education classes. It fit in nicely with the topic of the lecture.

What does everyone else think about media changing your relationships with other people? Do you think that’s a little too exagarated? Please share your thoughts….

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Comments on: "Tech task #3 Examining the role of new media and technology in shaping the future of education" (1)

  1. A well written post Celeste. I try to follow Michael Wesch’s work and the above talk is one of my favorites. I think you nailed one of the important “take-aways”, that “media mediates relationships”. And in this talk I see Wesch presenting a very balanced approach to media, technology and the ways it alters relationships. The points about the razor’s edge before the 8 minute mark emphasize this balance.

    So while I think you are right to be skeptical that technology like cell phones will make an extreme impact and make your relationship with your parents “go down the drain” – I wonder if the point Wesch is making is the relationship + cell phone will be different than the relationship without it. Even if the change is minor – will the relationship change with the introduction of new media/tech? Important things to ponder, I think. 🙂

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