Technology is supposed to make life better, right? But that’s not always the case. In the age of social media, smartphones, and online dating, why is it that we feel increasingly distant from one another?
It seems to be a matter of substance. Is it possible to have a real, meaningful conversation on the Internet? Without flaming, trolling, or becoming rabid ideologues?
Thoughtful use of technology seems to be the answer. Being mindful in how we communicate online can help lead us to live happy, self-actualized lives. As a teacher, I try to help students develop 21st-Century skills while pursuing their passions. There is no better way to feel fulfilled than to delve deeply into your niche and to make a difference. As business writer Seth Godin states in his book, Tribes, “You have everything you need to build something far bigger than yourself.” I firmly believe that the appropriate use of technology empowers us to earn the lives we want and to help create the world in which we want to live.
This blog is my contribution to what some may call, “the right use of technology.”
My mission, in short, is to champion the liberal arts and humanities.
So if you agree that there’s more to your online life than looking at cat videos on YouTube and reading memes, then please come along for the ride. Technology can enhance our experience of living, if we let it. Your comments and contributions will be what drives this site, and I look forward to learning more about how technology can be for the humanities.
I am most interested in discussing arts, ethics, education, and leadership. If you’re even more curious about what forms my views, please read my essay “How to Live Well After the Digital Revolution”. It’s a treatise of sorts, and I hope you enjoy it.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about this site, and visit often!
PS – In addition to working as a teacher in public schools, studying educational leadership, teaching martial arts, and blogging about fatherhood, I also help businesses, non-profits, and other organizations tell authentic stories that help them interact with their clients. Please check out my work at Proof Rocks! to see how I can help your organization create and improve meaningful relationships with the people that matter most.