ems - summer i ’11 - t101 lecture 21: the amish

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  • 1. Welcome to Summer
    T101 Day 21!

2. Today is Amish day!
Remember papers are due on Monday. They are 3-4 pages.
It takes sill to say something substantial in 3-4 pages. Please
Be concise and informative!
The final exam is next Thursday. I will have a review guide
(similar to last time) ready for you on Monday. On Wednesday
we will do another review session. Please prepare ahead of time
So you can come to class with questions.
Today: Amish culture, their approaches to using technologies and
how this all relates to theT101 Media Life Perspective.
3. Why do we care about the Amish in T101 Media Life?
Sometimes studying the absence of something tells you more about the thing than studying the thing itself.
We all negotiate our use of technologies individually
on a daily basis without noticing. The Amish do it publicly and collectively.
The Amish are a (for the most part) a happy and
content people.We might be able to learn something from they way they live.
4. Who are the Amish?
5. Amish values: Simplicity and a slow pace of life. Privileging the family and community over the individual.
6. Amish work/play ethic
7. Quilting for community: We are each a patch and only together do we create beauty.
8. With education comes pride
9. Transportation: location does matter (little boxes live on!)
10. The Amish do travel though.
11. And use the Internet
12. The Amish have a unique perspective on adopting technologies.
13. 14. 15. During a church service in the summer, the buggies were parked right outside the shop, and in between songs a phone went off in a buggy right outside the shop. Needless to say , no one went out to shut it off, as no one wanted to be seen guilty. In a lot of communities cell phones are allowed in the regular Old Order Amish Communities.
16. Like everyone else, the Amish face challenges living in todays world.
17. So, how do the Amish decide which technologies they will accept and which they wont?
18. Philosophies on technology adoption:
1) The Amish are selective. They know how to say "no" and are not afraid to refuse new things. They ban more than they adopt.
2) They evaluate new things by experience instead of by theory. They let the early adopters get their jollies by pioneering new stuff under watchful eyes.
3) They have criteria by which to select choices: technologies must enhance family and community and distance themselves from the outside world.
4) The choices are not individual, but communal. The community shapes and enforces technological direction.
19. What can the Amish teach us?
20. Do I have to become Amish in order to be happy?
21. Fortunately, no. but we should be better at negotiating our tech use. We need to understand our values and use our technologies in accordance with those philosophies and values.
What are yours? How do techs fit in
To your core values and the way you live those values out in the world?
22. Reading Comprehension:
What do you think about the Amish way of life? Is their philosophy slowing things down and outlawing certain technologies right? Do media like TV, radio and cell phones speed life up and interrupt family and community bonds? Or do these tools help bring people together?
What from the Amish way of life or their approach to adopting technologies do you find appealing? What can it teach us about the technologically saturated media lives we live?
Do you ever feel like unplugging from technologies like the Amish? Do you think you could do it?