Featured Podcast – Plugged in: Is technology connecting us? Or controlling us?

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It’s getting increasingly difficult to escape technology. The spread of mobile devices has driven a culture of ‘connectedness’, where email, social media and Internet are never more than a finger-tap away. Even when we start feeling the psychological need to unplug, we face enormous societal pressures to stay within technological arms-reach at all times. How is this constant connection to the world around us both enriching and limiting our lives? As our online networks expand, are we forced to withdraw from some of our ‘real life’ interactions? Hear from UBC experts as we discuss how modern communications technologies are reshaping our perceptions of reality while affecting our personal and professional relationships, as well as our drive to make a difference in the world.

This was recorded January 30, 2014, in Kelowna, BC.

Moderator – Chris Walker – Host, CBC’s Daybreak South
Panelist – Josh Byron, BA’07 – Project Manager, Moving Pixel Productions; UBC Okanagan Senator, Representative of the Convocation
Panelist – Maxine Crawford, MA’12 – PhD student in Psychology, UBC’s Okanagan campus
Panelist – Michelle Davies – Digital Strategist
Panelist – Christopher Schneider  – Assistant Professor of Sociology, UBC’s Okanagan campus

Length: 1:11:45 | Download MP3


One comment

  1. Gerry Taylor says:

    Although not a slave to communication technology I have even found email to be a burden at times. I have advised those wanting “enhanced” processes within email to back- off as I will communicate now in their presence or by voice, that being mainly by land phone! I am returning to what I consider a more personal and informative communication technique. It allows me “more” space in my time and context. I actually find great satisfaction in writing a note and putting a postage stamp on the envelope. Please note: Canada Post !

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