Rise of the Technology Class

These conversations are between students from Ecuador, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Spain and the US who see technology serving a higher purpose: A counter-culture to their predecessors. This is evidence of a new type of generative class who apply technology to their creativity with art, music, science and involvement within the community. Their activity is transparent and active to our evolving civility. These multinational students are socially conscious storytellers. The Moderator of this conversation, Michael Davis is an Executive MBA graduate of Steinbeis University Germany, The Berlin School of Creative Leadership.

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Nikolas – television time wasters

Television seems like it is less and less important for people as they get older. As young kids, the TV is a god of some sort. Every minute not spent in front of it – is a minute lost. As we grow a little older, friends occupy our time so we spend less time mesmerized. The older we get our preferences start to get more specific: Sports, politics, music, etc. Then into adulthood we narrow preferences even more that relate to profession: Stocks, medical shows, weather, 24 hour news.

I have a select few shows that are based on things I like, but I do not sit in front of the TV all day long. People waste so much time sitting in front of TV watching mindless time-wasters like Reality TV, which turns me off…and my TV.

TV should be used as a source of information with credible sources (there are 4 for every topic!) that give us a view to relevant events:  Michael Jackson’s death (RIP)

Nikolas – Music

I love Music. My dad is in the music business and plays multiple instruments and I have been exposed to so many different types of music and I have seen the worldly effect it has. I myself do not play an instrument, god knows I’ve tried, but it has just never worked out. I am more of a music collector I would say. I am finding new stuff daily and have branched out to every type of music possible, except country, that is just terrible. I love finding new songs and artists and me and my friends are always exchanging new findings with each other.

With new advances in technology it has been extremely easy to be exposed to and to find new music with ease. iTunes is my go-to source and is great because it gives me recommendations to other songs or artists I might like. I use Internet sources also, Pandora is one of the websites I like. I am on these sources all of the time and go to many other places to. With out my computer or the Internet I would have never been able to get to the point where I am at now.  I have around 9000 songs and counting and I am eager to find more. It is a huge part of my life and I do not know what I would do without it.

“A day without music is a day lost.” – James Brown (one of my favorite artists) https://i1.wp.com/www.htzfm.com/files/htzfm/images/james%20brown.jpg

Nikolas – Glenview, a suburb of Chicago

It is true, living in Glenview, a very nice US suburban town, I have been exposed to some of the latest and greatest technology offered to modern communities.

This means that I have a very different viewpoint than people in other countries who don’t have access.

I may take things I see here for granted and see them as just normal tools or ways to communicate in my community…when really in other towns and countries they could be considered a luxury or super high tech.

Living in an area where material items are abundant, probably makes me much more skeptical than students in remote cities in other countries.

Nikolas – The Flip-Side

My last two posts have been about the cons of technology and how it is a burden on our society. But then I thought about how it has benefited me in the past. I am a member of a club at my school that fights for peace in Darfur, Sudan, and some of our jobs consist of sponsoring schools, and pressuring the government to take action. Through our resources on-line and through email, we have been able to be a voice for them and pass on there experiences and fulfill there needs. The fact that technology has come this far in communication and has made it possible and easier to have even high school kids make a difference blows my mind and makes me motivated to do more to help and play a roll in the world.

Nikolas – To Late

One of the biggest things I do not like about technology is that they keep coming out with better versions of things and updating features so quickly. Sure its good to make progress, but the companies could space it out a little. Like you save up for an iphone for a year and you finally get one and you go running to brag and show it to your friends and there like, pshh you got the old version, your lame. Its really not fair. And people always say wait for the next version to come out to buy it, but there is never really a final version is there? You just have to choose which version you want and settle for that model. This is not just with phones, but cars, video games, mp3’s and computers.

Nikolas – Bitter Sweet

To me technology is bitter sweet. It has allowed for great success and has made life easier. On the flip side it has also consumed peoples lives and has, in some ways, made us lazy as a society. I have seen people go crazy without their cell phones and feel like they are missing out on something big whenever they do not have it. Whenever I don’t have my cell phone it is a very liberating feeling and Im not checking something every five minutes. So I love technology and the doors it opens, but I try not to depend on it too much.