Forced Obsolescence


Phone- in use but hidden.
Laptop- closed and visible.

Filter . . . . . useless.

1 This was an unposed shot. I’m easily forgotten and happen to have a camera.

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8 thoughts on “Forced Obsolescence

  1. Fascinating image, Tom, great eye! Be prepared for lots of people coming by to borrow it. It says a thousand words about how important it is to adopt pedagogy to match laptops.

    This equally talks about how fast the technology is changing. I’m often in the same pose in meetings – I find that almost all of my online communications can get done on my mobile.

  2. Thanks Jeff.

    It is interesting what one can see as a visitor.

    I’ve got a number of shots of admins doing the same thing at meetings. I plan on doing some comparison pictures at some point.

  3. Great shot. I guess that filters and behavioural demands are never a substitute for somehow getting the pupils engaged with what is going on in the classroom.

    At the end of last semester I had a discussion with a group of students who said that technology had not really changed anything. One said “Here I stare at Facebook and don’t pay attention to what is going on in class, but before, in middle school, I just stared out the window for three years. In the end, it’s the same really.”

  4. Simon,

    That’s a perfect quote, sad but perfect.

    It is a two way street but there’s a tendency to substitute rules for any attempt at engagement. The idea seems to be that if we block out enough fun and interesting things students will have no choice but to pay attention to things that are boring. I think we’ve proven that’s not true. There’s always a window to stare out, a wall to state at or a nap to take.

  5. For the most part, I’ve seen filters primarily serve to foster innovation.

    It is intriguing that the closed laptop sits ideally there while the phone becomes a gaming device. Is this due to lack of engagement? retro-fitting of the laptops? filters?

    Regardless, there are some great discussions surrounding the hypothetical situations that would lead to such a shot.

    1. Ryan- I’d like to hear more about filters fostering innovation. Do you mean students find innovative ways around them or that they have to adapt other tools because the normal ones are blocked?

      I’m not sure the student was playing a game. I don’t think I said that. I’m really not sure what he was doing. Why he was doing it is probably a combination of the possibilities you listed (although I don’t know what retro-fitting a laptop means).

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