It is not a technological problem we face, but a people one. Right now, at our fingertips, we have technology that is more powerful than what was used to arrive to the moon. How is it then that we still find it difficult to solve today’s problems? The interpersonal issues within our society may be preventing us from realizing our dreams.
In his talk, Dr. Michael Wesch, associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University, describes that many of today’s students are knowledgeable, meaning that they know a lot, but are not knowledge-able, meaning that they may struggle at attaining and sharing knowledge.
I see it as this: many people are unsure of their abilities. They developed within a society that did not foster their curiosity. The people themselves are good people; however, they lack a motivation to pursue their dreams. Much of this resistance is due to the buildup of the ego: the metaphysical walls that protect their identity. There must come a point, however, when people become consciously aware of these walls, and understand that to develop further, they must be let down at times.
By visiting a part of the world without technology, the speaker was able to discover certain truths about his identity. The culture we live in has forbidden us from being vulnerable. It is through this vulnerability that we may learn of our weaknesses so that we may improve.
Being vulnerable has helped me become more humble, and has helped others to realize my humanity. I haven’t lived a day without using technology as Dr. Wesch has, but something inside me tells me it would be good experience. People must realize that technology is not the answer, and that interpersonal communication is.
Wesch also emphasized the sense of purpose. Students may not have a strong sense of purpose, not because they do not have dreams, but because they have not been stimulated to realize their potential.
I relate in that I don’t believe I have realized my purpose. Whether due to the education system, to my household, or something else, I cannot attribute the reason as to why I am the way I am. I’d like to think that with the support of others, I can achieve anything. It is unfortunate that our culture acts against us in our pursuits.
Overall, I feel as though the internet has become a place for people to waste in distraction. Although there are some avenues of constructive, positive information sharing, there are many more areas for people to isolate themselves and not evolve. For this reason, I am not sure if the online world will ever become as divine as Dr. Wesch hopes it to become. There will always be laziness and poor work ethics because of circumstances outside of the classroom’s control.