There are more examples of people being kind to me and non-violently influenced. I feel understood and valued. This feels good. I am human. I want to be loved. I need to be loved. The fact that I am studying Digital Education does not and can not change this.
We are humans and as such built to love and be loved. Over at DEULOE I said: Mothers’ brains change for love (Hoekzema et al,2017). Adolescent brains change for love (Albert et al 2013). I am aware of „the ways that technology and human, social and material, are deeply entwined“ (Knox 2014). Yet „learning outcomes are expressed in terms of potential for action“ (Macleoad). And the choice of how to act is ours.
The question I keep asking myself is: What about digital culture is uniquely digital? Is the digital maybe simply a modern frame for the ancient painting we humans are? Does the digital maybe change the quality or the quantity of the things we do and are, but never change the things themselves? And should we, therefore, maybe consciously choose to adopt an „instrumental“ position (Hamilton, Friesen 2013)? Are „Post-Humanism“ and „Transhumanism“ (Bayne 2015) only theoretical concepts denying our human reality? Do we as digital scientists solely focus on the aspect which distinguishes our profession from others, the digital, by which we loose ourselves?
I love, I will, I must, I do study the frame, but never forget there would be no frame without the picture. (272 words)
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