Should I still be so dependent on technology, though? All weekend I've been glued to Youtube, watching videos of what's happening in Egypt. I considered this yesterday while attending a Free University meeting. One of the points that came up was a resistance to depending on technology, at least technology that would outright replace human connection. Would providing Youtube videos of course lectures take away from the face-to-face element of our vision for reaching people?
In the case of Egypt, there are videos that have been created for the people, by the people, and they wouldn't have reached anyone if it meant relying on the government or mainstream media to show us what's happening. So this is a case of technology being used by the people to claim their own rights.
Then again, maybe there are some drawbacks. Maybe if I didn't have the ease of watching Youtube from the comfort of my home, I might actually be out connecting with people to learn more about the situation. At the meeting yesterday, Alan Kaufman made the point that those who sought to learn used to travel the globe to reach a teacher they wished to study with. Now, we're hardly willing to leave our couches to find the information we seek.
So technology certainly has the potential to reach more people, in ways that were never before possible. But let's be sure it doesn't just make us more comfortable in our complacency. The folks in the videos know that change comes from movement.