As we've suddenly been thrown into a chaotic situation, we've all had to make some pretty severe changes to our lives. All of my spring semester classes have been cancelled and I've been forced into recording my lectures online and working remotely. It's incredibly frustrating and not at all the way that teaching and learning should be done. But what are we to do?
All this makes me think about is when I was teaching high school last year and we had a school day that was cancelled early because of a problem with the school wifi. The wifi wasn't working so we couldn't have school. This was a very disturbing event to me because from the time I graduated (2009) to when I was teaching high school (2018), a radical shift had taken place. We are now completely reliant on these digital systems and if they don't work properly (which happens quite often) then we are completely screwed.
Technology has always been a tool to help us, but it's feeling more and more that digital connections are less like a helpful tool and more like a necessary tool. I'm venting my frustration using my personal website here, which of course is a product of these advancements, but I'm just as happy writing in my journal, which runs on ink and not on electricity. I'll be always be sharing art and ideas online and I hope everyone out there is (and remains) healthy.