NFlow The Disconnect in the Connected Era David Goldberg, in his article “If Technology is Making Us Stupid, It’s Not Technologys Fault” posits that the blame in the deterioration of human intelligence lies not with computers, but with the fashion of their use: “… it is not the technology, but the social conditions of their use that are the most compelling concerns here” (91).
We as a society have been thrust into an age wherein there is a gadget for everyone and everything. The responsibility to bend these tools to our will or let them hinder our development is paramount to the success of generations to come nd is inherently left to the individual. To place the blame on the technology itself is pure folly. Would one question the tool of a carpenter, or the carpenter’s wielding of it in the crafting of a piece?
Goldberg goes so far as to imply that the user may share the blame with his environment when he cites Duke Researchers Vigdor and Ladd: “One interpretation of these findings is that home computer technology is put to more productive use in households with more effective parental monitoring, or in househoulds where parents can serve as more effective instructors in the productive use of online esources” (91). Peer into the average living room and you will see children staring into the screen of an iPad rather than a book.
More often than not the content being consumed is limited to “Angry Birds” or whatever game du Jour the media is bombarding our youth with. Parents must reassume responsibility for encouraging their children to apply themselves to something of consequence. The notion that technology should be used not Just as a medium of entertainment but as a learning aid must be ingrained in children from the earliest possible stages of development. Furthermore, Goldberg brings to attention the fact that amidst the rampant filth available on the Internet, there is much of consequence to be found – one must simply search it out.
He quotes David Brooks’ op ed piece in the New York Times: “Already, more ‘old fashioned’ outposts are opening up across the Web. It could be that the real debate will not be books versus the Internet but how to build an Internet counterculture that will better attract people to serious learning” (91). The simple fact that most, if not all, institutions of higher learning are now offering online ourses, sometimes even absent of a proctor, goes to show that this ‘counterculture’ is already substantially developed.
He goes on to illustrate the profound effect computers can have when utilized correctly. “… computers are far from passive consumptive technologies. They enable, if not encourage, interactive engagement, creativity, and participatory interaction with others. The interaction can assume various forms… ” (90). The concept of self- education has been cast to the wayside in this modern era. The common individual would rather purchase some all-inclusive, guaranteed package to learn a language or killset than invest their time in doing their own research.
We are so apt to accept the logic and teachings of those in positions of authority that the art of introspective But maybe this is all a moot point. Would this debate be occurring had the microprocessor not been introduced by Intel? Could we still be visiting the library instead of Google. com? In this respect, I must disagree with Goldberg. Ata very base level, the simple existence of technology may be to blame for our continued plunge towards stupidity. The degree of technological saturation in todays’ education industry is astonishing.
The role of a nurse leader
This week’s focus is on the nurse leader’s role in this and in similar projects.
Consider the nurse leader’s role at each stage of your project.
Identify the actions that a nurse leader would take with regards to the following:
Communication with stakeholders
Include a specific change management theory that is appropriate to this project.
Format your assignment as a: