However, one speaker truly resonated with me: Mike Wesch. Mike is an anthropologist who traveled to New Guinea to explore a variety of different civilizations. He observed groups of people as they reshaped their entire existence in response to newly administered census surveys. He saw a culture that was built upon relationships morphologically change into something much different.
He offers the following insights from his journeys:
- We try to use media, but media actually uses us.
- You cannot opt out of new media.
- We have (almost) instant access to technology, and this (almost) is what will continue to challenge us.
- Our only hope are the students we teach. We must engage them!
Thanks, Mike. Those are clearly "ideas worth spreading."
Photos courtesy of Kevin Jarrett and Kathy Ishizuka. Thanks guys!