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Technology: Man’s Greatest Aid

November 30, 2009
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So, I’m sitting here at Taco Bueno, checking the blog on my iPhone (this entire post was done on my iPhone, by the way), and a thought came to me…

Look how much technology has changed our lives. I’m able to analyze a book while sitting at a restaurant eating tacos. Now, some adults complain that teenagers such as myself use phones, computers, and general technology too much, making technology almost sound like the 10th circle of the Inferno. But really, I think it has made everyone’s life much better. When the wheel was invented, did parents get upset when their children used the wheel too much instead of dragging objects on the ground?

Imagine technology in Alice’s adventure…

How would technology, such as having a cell phone, have affected Alice and her adventure in Wonderland?

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  1. December 2, 2009 10:29 pm

    This is a really thought provoking post from a student’s perspective. I’m glad you are reflecting on how your tools are changing your learning and interaction with learning. Parents should pay more attention to these things. As should teachers, principals, and school boards. But to me, what is really important is that you are reflecting on the process. That shows the tools do the job we hope they do. If you are thinking about it outside of the classroom walls (much less while eating a taco at a fast food place), don’t you think that will stick with you even longer?

    Now for me, as an English teacher, I like the fact that tools such as blogs and Twitter allow me to play with my writing and bend (or break) some grammar rules in the name of tone, style, and voice. It makes the whole literacy experience much more enjoyable when I can focus on a message instead of every grammar convention that will pop up.

    Keep up the great work! Tell Mr. Long I said, “Howdy.”

    • December 3, 2009 3:37 pm

      Thanks! I really appreciate your taking the time the read it. I do think that it will stick with me long…if fact, I think that it will stick with me forever.

      I agree about the “bending the rules” part. Since this is a project for English class, I can’t make too many bends or breaks :), but I can do things like, well, use the word “things” (I would never, ever dream of doing that on an essay for Mr. Long 🙂 ), or the use of the smiley faces.

      Thanks again, I appreciate your time.

  2. December 2, 2009 10:20 pm

    Browsing the internet reminds me of the random nature of Alice’s adventures–you never know what you might find.

    In sort of a strange twist of fate, some teachers and I were twittering tonight about whether anyone could write a blog post on their cell phone, and voila, I stumbled over your post, completely accidentally, written on a cell phone.

    So maybe serendipity is possible even WITH technology, as Alice might have discovered!

    • December 3, 2009 3:43 pm

      Thanks for reading! That’s definitely a funny coincidence, isn’t it?

      I never thought about connecting the internet itself and Alice’s adventure like you have. Too bad the project is over or I would make a post about it… Oh well, we can talk about it here.

      Thank you, as well, for referencing my post on Weblogg-ed. I know Will Richardson is a highly regarded member of the education community, and I’m honored to be associated with it.

      Thanks again!

      • December 3, 2009 4:18 pm

        Mike,

        You’re welcome! Your post led me to think about those connections, so there you go!

        I just found it such a strange coincidence to find your post just as there was a huge debate going on at Will Richardson’s blog. I thought you provided a perfect example to share!

  3. December 2, 2009 8:49 pm

    I imagine the first thing Alice would say after landing in Wonderland would be “Aww man! I don’t have service here!” But to get to the point, I don’t think it would affect the story much at all. The core story is still the same. Sure, Alice could try to search the internet on her iPhone to figure out what everyone is saying, but how would this help her? As far as we know, nobody else has ever been to Wonderland and can’t walk her through it. With technology, Alice would probably be seeing news reports and amber alerts and the sort, but pay it no heed just like she paid no heed to the ‘DRINK ME’ bottle (which could have been poison). The book really wouldn’t change much with technology, aside from Alice entertaining her self for hours with an Nintendo DS for a few hours until the battery ran out, forcing her to go out and find her home, or something like that. Then she would get back home to her family who has been searching for her for days, and the book would end. The book would still be much the same, though. Remember the modern Romeo and Juliet http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117509/ we saw in 8th grade? That was a old story retold in modern form, but it was changed very little. I doubt technology would have a large impact on Alice if any at all.

    • December 3, 2009 8:08 pm

      Sadly, Alice should try another carrier other than AT&T and she might have service. (I too love my iPhone but hate the coverage.)

      When you think of technology, though, can you not expand that beyond the Internet? What if she had a Garmin handheld GPS unit. It has all of the topography maps in it. Would she not have missed the hole altogether? She would have missed her adventure in Wonderland. Where would the adventure have been then? What would have taken place?

      So how does your theory on the story being the same hold up now? 😉

  4. Jackson H. permalink
    December 2, 2009 11:09 am

    First off, why are you at Taco Bueno? I’d take Taco Bell any day of the week.

    But, more to the point, I think that technology would have ruined the simple quaintness of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. If, say, Alice had a cell phone, I, as the writer would make it have no signal. The whole point of the journey is that Alice doesn’t have a real destination in mind. As she said, “I don’t much care where, so long as I get somewhere.” If Alice had a map of Wonderland, she would have tried to get somewhere, and thus not really explored Wonderland as she did. Sometimes, I think, it’s good to be lost.

    • December 3, 2009 8:15 pm

      Jackson,

      I agree that the story would absolutely lose its quaintness. Perfect choice of words there. Did you ever think that as a high school student you would use the word quaint in a literary conversation? More importantly, a literary conversation created by you and the other students?

      But, I do have to disagree on your choice between the Bell and Bueno. Sure, Taco Bell had those classic chihuahua commercials (see YouTube if your unfamiliar). More importantly, though, Bueno puts tomatoes on the tacos. As you get closer to college, you’ll discover that whoever gives you the most food for the money, wins.

  5. Adam K permalink
    December 1, 2009 8:38 pm

    I would imagine that technology wouldn’t affect her in wonderland. I doubt they have internet, phones, television, or batteries in wonderland, but anything can happen in wonderland, so it may be possible. If her wonderland was changed to be more of a modern wonderland, then technology may be a factor. If Wonderland stayed as it was when it was first written and technology was thrown in there. I believe that she and the characters really wouldn’t use technology, What would they do with it? Call each other instead of sending fish and frog doorman to send invitations, play a video game of croquet instead of a real one. The idea of inserting technology into wonderland is interesting, but it seems out of place in a 144 year old wonderland.

  6. Deron M permalink
    December 1, 2009 6:14 pm

    Interesting point Mike! I would be intrigued to see a modern day Alice in Wonderland. Technology has given us so many luxuries today that we now take for granted. Imagine if Alice had a GPS in Wonderland. It probably would have only taken her a few chapters to escape this new world. The problem is though, how many seven year olds extensively use technology. If you discount TV and computer games that is very few. Sure those pieces of technology are major factors, but in the sense you are talking about technology (iPhones, GPS systems, digital watches, etc.) very few children Alice’s age actually use portable versions of our technology. Then again, with the way society is going today, in a few years you could be right. Technology is slowly spreading up and down the age spectrum.

  7. Edward C. permalink
    December 1, 2009 4:58 pm

    I believe parents believe that we are being spoiled by technology. I remember my mom telling me how she was using the type writer, walking to school, and doing all other sorts of stuff the old fashion way. Adult believe that life is becoming to simple for our generation. The wheel is a different situation. The wheel is a very basic need. Technology is a want to a certain degree. Video games, ice makers, computers are all necessities. Life went on just fine before all of these inventions were created. The wheel was a major invention that was created way before most invention and was way more needed than other inventions.

    If Alice had technology the adventure through Wonderland would be completely different. But if Carroll was to rewrite this book a hundred times it probably wouldn’t have technology similar to the technology of our day because in his days many of the stuff we have was not present in his days.

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