Back home again after the semester away. It is good to be home, though I am not relishing the freezing cold and snow. A new semester has started and looking forward to my classes. This semester I will be navigating a host of different projects. I find that I am on one path with many choices. This is synonymous with motivation and decision-making in tourism as well as understanding the intricacies of organizational behavior. We all have a choice on what to do and what not to do. There is not just one path, one way of accomplishing goals and objectives.
I’ve been struggling with technology lately. The application and use. The interplay of the sheer number of choices presented and delivered, and in which to choose from. The quantity of information to wade through and digest. Perhaps I’m yearning for something simple. I’ve reached that point that I can feel what Marshall Mcluhan hinted at–“that technology will become an extension of ourselves.”
The medium is the message ~ Marshall Mcluhan
This quote expounds on the fact that technology influences how a language, information, voices, images, reality may be misconstrued. That we need to research extensively to understand behavior, to understand thought, choices and to develop strategies. We become lazy in our diligence to understand the complexity of the world.
That it may ‘steal’ a portion of us. We think we are ‘smarter’ for having technology, but in reality, maybe (maybe not) it is erasing a portion of our own intelligence. A whole new simplicity and complexity that we can’t see or understand.
Technology plays an important supporting role in both my classes. But does it hinder both teacher and student in grasping the full breadth of understanding? Does it cripple our thinking? Have we become too reliant on the crutch? How do we walk this path, know where it leads with and without its aid?
As I stand before the students, each with a laptop open, my own open beside me, I can see the barriers to communication. I can feel the tension that lingers in the shadow and may impose articulation. I want to have honest conversations. I want discussions that spark broader understanding. One that travels from a limited awareness to a greater awareness. I am left with questioning the facilitation of that goal. How do we have a cup of coffee, cup of tea and mutually beneficial discourse without the potential angst that can exist?