Archive for April, 2012

The Lost Decade

Posted: April 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

According to Dr. Bryan Alexander, there are four possible outcomes that will happen by the year 2022.

1. Phantom Learning

2. The Lost Decade

3. Alt. Residential

4. Renaissance

For this blog post, i decided to focus on “The Lost Decade” – my take on what will happen in the year 2022 according to Bryan Alexander.

Currently (2012), we are taking energy for granted, ignoring the cries of foreign countries for basic human needs (food, water, etc) and killing one another for territorial reasons. The world seems to be nothing but a large scale battlefield. Greed and corruption are the primary characteristics of today’s leaders. Children are starving, jobs are being cut, and lives are being taken unnecessarily. Can it get any worse? Well, according to Dr. Bryan Alexander, it is certainly a possibility….

Welcome to THE LOST DECADE.

Although Dr. Alexander focuses primarily on the education system, i believe that if we go down “the lost decade” path, the focus will shift towards humanity as a whole. Global economic meltdown, world hunger, poverty, disease, a perpetual drop in energy availability, etc. will cripple every possible sector on earth. In the year 2022, the earth will literally be fighting for it’s very life. Yes, it is true that many of these “events” are already occurring in many parts of the world, but we as Americans are none the less, relatively well off. Many of us still have the luxury of worrying about when the next iPad will be released. We are able to drive cars (well, not for long with the rising gas prices..), take the weekend off to relax, and enjoy the little things in life. None of this will be possible in the lost decade.

I understand that this blog post assignment requests that i talk about how my personal life will be effected in the year 2022, but I believe it is necessary to talk about the possible scenario on a global scale….

The streets will be in chaos, the government will completely discombobulate, and EVERYONE will be fighting to survive. The education system? What education system? Education as we know it will be distinguished. Colleges will begin closing it’s doors one by one due to lack of funding, students will drop out of school due toe the fact that no jobs are available, etc. Healthcare? no such thing. Services for the elderly and needy? None. Technology as we know it will come to a halt, for innovators will be non existent. Sounding a little too sci-fi? Not really. This is completely possible if the we continue to abuse our natural resources and harm one another needlessly. Human companionship as we know it will theoretically disappear. Every possible detrimental factor will be perpetuated into full effect during this time period (Murder, disease, starvation, malnutrition, etc). It truly will be the end of humanity as we know it.

Although what i mentioned above is certainly a (farfetched) possibility, i sincerely hope we do not walk this particular path. We as humans have the ability to create as much as we do the ability to destroy. We can love as well as hate. We all need to contribute what we can generously, and spend what we have sparingly. It is not too late to change the direction in which we are heading towards (TLD). We must think of possible long term consequences for every action we take as not only individuals, but as citizens of the world.

Discuss your thoughts and feelings about being a university student in the digital age. What do you hope to gain from your university experience. Do Campbell’s ideas about a personal cyberinfrastructure resonate with you? Explain why or why not.

In this day and age, it is more important than ever to integrate one’s life with the digital world. Just like how the pen and paper revolutionized the world years ago, digital technology has forever changed how we interact with one another. As a university student, i feel that being “digitally competent” is vital to succeed in today’s competitive ecosystem. HTML, servers, etc are all mandatory components of the educational system, and therefore it is essential that we integrate those tools into our lives. I appreciate the services that are offered thanks to the digital revolution. Whether it’s checking my grades online, or registering for classes with a few simple clicks, it has undoubtedly made life less stressful. It is the way of the future and it must be further perpetuated within the educational system.

In terms of “gaining something” from my university experience, I hope that I will gain the ability to use the digital world in a complementary manner with my college experience. I find it hard to pin point specific gains, for I lack the detailed knowledge of the digital world. Perhaps a way to boost productivity by utilizing certain tools? Learning how to operate the internet in a fashion that will allow me to reach a point i otherwise would not be able to? The possibilities are literally endless. It is up to the university to provide students like myself with digital age tools and services. I am up for anything my university throws at me. I look at every new experience as a “gain”.

Campbell’s ideas about a personal cyberinfrastructure certainly meets my criteria in terms of how I would like my university to handle this change of pace we are facing as a society. It starts with the faculty, who must lead by example. As students, we will follow them into the digital age and explore the world which has yet to fully blossom. Sugar coating the digital world with subpar tools is simply not acceptable. The faculty and staff must fully explore the possibilities of digital integration into school systems in order for students to progress and succeed.

Assignment: For this assignment, select scenes from 3-5 movies. These scenes should represent scenes that changed your life or made some sort of dramatic, traumatic, lasting, or emotional impact on you. When you have selected those scenes, create a video that shows the scenes and includes audio/video of you describing what it is about the scene that made a significant impact on you, what you are fond of about the scenes, what scares you, what you remember thinking when you were a child, etc. Feel free to be liberal in your interpretation of the instructions. Keep in mind, however, that the primary point is to recall 3-5 movie scenes that have made a lasting impact on you (whatever the reason for that impact may be.)

Link to Assignment: Movie Scenes That Changed Our Lives

Process: Due to the fact that my (90s) computer does not have audio output, i decided to utilize YouTube to extract three scenes from my all time favorite movies. I then proceeded to write up a brief summary for each clip, describing how it changed my life. It also doesn’t help that i lack the video editing skills to make a mashup video with all the clips together. Please excuse the variation!

Ladies and gentlemen, without further adieu….

3. The Lion King

 

My favorite childhood movie…The Lion King! As a child, this movie taught me the importance of family. Simba’s relationship with his father made me appreciate my father and everything he has done for me. In the scene provided, Simba’s father dies and he is heart broken. This scene definitely stuck to me throughout my teenage years.

2. The Bucket List

 

The Bucket List…lord have mercy! I’m not the type to cry when watching movies, but this one really hit me hard with allergies. This movie really taught me the importance of living life to the fullest. It also portrayed the beauty of human companionship. This scene in particular was the nail in the coffin for me. The speech Edward gave at Carter’s funeral made me shed a tear (don’t tell anyone). Just three months ago, they were strangers…

“I hope it doesn’t sound selfish of me but the last months of his life were the best months of mine”

1. Shawshank Redemption 

 

This is a scene from my favorite movie of all time; The Shawshank Redemption. It was the first movie that really opened my eyes in terms of having a positive outlook on life. In this particular scene, Andy persuades one of the guards to buy his entire “crew” beer in exchange for doing some paperwork for the IRS. This scene changed the tone of the entire movie in the best way possible. It shed a glimmer of light in a seemingly hopeless situation. Yes, these men are prisoners behind bars, but at that particular moment in time, they were FREE MEN! The best part is, Andy doesn’t even drink! He apparently “gave up drinking”. He took one for the team, and the team knew it.

Friends, cold beer, and a prison rooftop. Really, does it get much better than that?