Recently I watched the documentary "Craiglist Joe". Check out the below trailer to learn more:
This documentary was genius in its negation of technology but also simultaneous ability to make the watcher sub-consciously understand that its hero's journey would not have been possible without technology. The story's narrator embarks on a challenge where he lives for 30 days on nothing other than connections made via Craigslist. During the process he encounters a myriad of characters and experiences; some normal, others extraordinary; some heart wrenching and others hurtful. In the end, he is changed, and the viewer is taken on a whirlwind of emotions. When the movie was over, I was struck with an anti-technology emotion. The narrator experiences so many real, vivid and face-to-face interactions that in only 30 days, shaped him and the viewer; none which directly referenced or relied upon technology. Then it hit me: This move was only made possible, BECAUSE of technology. BECAUSE of the internet. BECAUSE of Craigslist. Craigslist Joe is a nice metaphor, I feel, of how technology integration should be in our classrooms and schools: subtle, purposeful, powerful and quiet.