reflections in response to Emerging Technology course EDUC 7108


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Futurist, Dr. Thornburg, (Laureate Education, 2009) discusses the emergence of technology, by suggesting that one method in which new innovations “catch on” is due to their ability to rekindle the past.

In the past, communities depended on one another: for support in facing hardships, for survival when faced with natural phenomenon and to provide entertainment within their communities.  As individuals moved away, their ability to maintain contact with friends and loved ones across distance has been handled through limited means over the years: snail mail, telephone, FAX, and email. Modern-day communities have expanded with the advent of social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.  Technology now allows users to maintain contact with friends and family, even from great distances, unifying each user’s community from their past and present in the convenience of one website.  Users can chat synchronously, or message asynchronously, share photos, and send/receive updates from groups of personal interest, and friends, and play games together.  These activities are reminiscent of the support and codependence of the communities of the past.






Laureate Education, Inc. (2009). Emerging and future technology. Baltimore: Author.,isz:l&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=124&vpy=144&dur=1439&hovh=195&hovw=259&tx=134&ty=70&oei=yrIvTYaGIIL-8AbXsLzTCA&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0,isz:l&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=309&vpy=144&dur=234&hovh=194&hovw=259&tx=133&ty=57&oei=yrIvTYaGIIL-8AbXsLzTCA&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0,isz:l0,1246&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=1038&vpy=334&dur=196&hovh=194&hovw=259&tx=164&ty=51&oei=JrUvTZjZJJPrgQeWt4GVCw&esq=4&page=4&ndsp=20&ved=1t:429,r:6,s:55&biw=1333&bih=629



Comments on: "Module Three: Communities Rekindle the Past" (4)

  1. Hi Lori,

    In the past keeping in touch with friends and relatives required an effort. Now, with social networks, they are reducing the distance.

  2. You make some great points about the strengthening of communities using social networking. I know it has strengthened my ties to family and old friends that live a few thousand miles away. It has opened the door to a large global community structure as well.
    Great Post!

  3. It is interesting to see today’s world still have that need to belong or connect to a community, albeit on a much more global scale. That need to remain connected by mail, fax, or telephone is quickly being replaced by social networking tools.


  4. You are right! Social networking has definitely evolved to reflect modern day technology capabilities. I even think the example Orit and I used with Skype has enhanced this as well. Facebook has been great to advertise my husband’s business as well as our house. It has lead to great opportunities!

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