Lecture Week 4

Well some of you know Im from Mexico, so I thought it would be interesting that some of you could learn a little bit about my country.
While I was reading the lecture I remembered that in mexican indigineous cultures its happening something very weired. As globalization is spreading around very quickly, all the media is invading people. For some of us its great, because we have a lot of facilities and its making our life much easier. But have they ask us if we want this. Well this is my point, in Mexico a lot of indigenous cultures take technology as an invasion and they don’t want to know anything about it, because they think this will end with their traditions. For example in Mexico they are some foundations that are dedicated to create campains with the purpose of collecting money for providing poor people with computers, goods and to learn english. But some of them the most cultural and tradicional refuse to this help. This could sound strange but I respect it because its good for them and for my country that some people still believe in their ancestors and in their culture.
So technology it’s not always helpful, some of them see it as destructive and invasive.

Another example I want to talk about is that media its making easier communication between people, now its easier to talk with someone that its in another part of the World, as we read in the text about skype, e-mail, mobiles, and so many others. But its also making relationships much colder and growing apart. Now we dont frequent people so often, we are concentrated in our computers so we don’t make new friends, and I could keep going on. So until what point is media affecting or helping us?
Yo can check out this page to read more about this.
I think we really have to be awared of what technology can make to us, so we can take advantage of it but also know where we have to stop. Some psychologists are afraid that all this can really affect people in the future, starting with kids and teens and then affecting all of us, to the point of generating depression or anxiety and this will cause new problems, leading us to new ways of therapy.

    • Lauren Mayers
    • March 22nd, 2010

    Hey Joceyln,

    Thanks for the link to that article, I think the point you raised about carrying on relationships through technology is a really interesting concept.

    How do you talk to your family and friends back in Mexico? I think with the progression of technology comes varying degrees of ‘distance’, for example person-to-person (face and voice), then telephone or handwritten letters (voice or the personal ‘touch’ of handwriting), and finally over the internet, text messaging, etc. However, rather than distancing us from society, I think it actually brings us into greater and more frequent levels of socialisation – for example, the internet allows us to talk to people from all over the world (establishing new communities and identities, as Scott talked about last week) and with friends and family at any time of the day. Facebook allows us to enter into the lives and ‘worlds’ of our friends. We can send photos, videos, and literally share experiences instantaneously through YouTube, video conferencing, multimedia messaging etc.

    With this i think time takes on new meaning – As I said, we can connect and communicate with people at any time of the day – so this takeover of technology from the traditional conventions of social interaction breaks down time barriers of communication (e.g. we may not drive over to somebody’s house in the middle of the night to talk to them, but we can chat online to them or send them a text message that they might read the next morning). To this effect it also might change our sense of dailiness, perhaps designating some of our ‘free time’ that Scannel discussed to chatting on Facebook each night after dinner; sending “Happy birthday” or “Merry Christmas” greeting cards via email; or getting our daily dose of news off our iPhones in the morning. It’s not hard to see why people from your home country are holding onto their traditional values; the technological ‘revolution’ is only getting more dominant and widespread, which is undoubtedly overwhelming for some.

    Once again I have rambled haha… But yeah definitely some interesting points you have raised there!

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