Conversations on the evolution of social media, learning & the web

I’m a retired professor. At Sheridan College I taught writing (for a variety of purposes), the structure of poetry, reading (using Thomson’s Understanding Teenagers’ Reading), computer & web use for business, and the structure of story in popular movies (using Seger’s Making a Good Script Great). At the University of Toronto in Mississauga, I taught public speaking and presenting (rhetoric using Heinrichs’ Thank You For Arguing), and podcasting, using class wikis and other web resources.

Below you can read some of my latest thoughts on learning, the web, social media, aging, spiritual struggles, and other observations. If you want to dig deeper, I invite you to join the conversation for more posts and thoughts.

learner, web wanderer, edu-web-consultant, speaker

Posts

Facebook, my Porch

Facebook is the new porch, the place where you relax and communicate with friends who drop by. It’s the club for people who don’t “do” clubs, it’s the Social Hour organizations try to set up, it’s the place to mingle. Not all of my friends are “friends, and not all of my “friends” are friends. But what I like is seeing aspects of people I hadn’t previously seen, and feeling connected to them, at least potentially.

Some of my “friends” are from my past –

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Lars and the Real Girl

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0805564/mediaviewer/rm3981480704

Lars and the Real Girl” was intriguing, a kind of treatise and/or metaphor on how someone can be healed when in deep, debilitating pain. Lars, probably Asperger’s, whose mother had died at his birth (I think) cannot stand to be touched socially or physically, but yearns for connection. He buys a blow-up doll, and treats it as a real girl, introducing “her” to his brother and sister-in-law, and eventually almost everyone he knows in his small rural-appearing town.

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Time

In youth we come through our bodies as explorers
Seeking and measuring
Astounded and disappointed
As we grow into ourselves.

In our long midlife, we travel our path
Forgetting and wandering
Sometimes grateful, mostly blindly seeking
The more we yearn for.

Now, our bodies re-astound us
Aching and refusing
Complaining and attacking
Reminding us of time.

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Facebook and Me

I have a Facebook life that I live differently – I think – than my day-to-day, face-to-face life. I check my Facebook account several times a day, looking first at “Notifications” to see who has been talking to me, and/or what those who I have identified, somehow, as important to me have been posting, and whether I should respond. I almost always “Like” those who have commented on my posts, and I notice how many people have liked or reacted to them, sometimes checking the names.

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