18 July 2011

Highlights from an Interview

"Students hardly get the chance to hook up in the internet, so whenever they get the chance they always try to go for some entertainments . . . social networking, email, chatting, visiting each others hi5 profile or facebook profile, and most of the time they use it for sending messages and pictures and emails."

"This year we are trying to make the internet really common for the students . . . [but] we're trying to block all these social networking sites. We are trying to encourage them to use the internet for distance learning."

"There are so many good things about Tibetan culture and so many backward things. Culture itself has to be improved; it has to be changed. Good things should be maintained and bad things should be abolished."

"There is a problem, that's true, but that's not because of the internet. I think the problem is the one who uses the internet."


  1. Interesting interview. Do you agree? It's so difficult to define culture - I once read that "culture is what happens when you interact with others". If that is true, then things like social networking reveal our culture...and isn't that a type of distance learning? It's something to think about.

  2. Wow looks like you got some good information. I would like to know more about this persons thoughts on the last point, the differences between the person and the internet. Hmmm...

    Glad you are feeling better so that you can keep it coming!

  3. Megan, I like that description of culture in that it seems to emphasize the fluidity of culture. American culture in the 1950s was quite different than American culture today, but it's still America with changes (and how different is 2011 from 1789?)

    We'll have to talk more about distance learning; I want to know what you think and talk about the Tibetan perspective, too. The school is really interested in stopping students from using facebook and hi5 but I think it might be really valuable for learning and cultural preservation.

    Rachel, that last point I've heard repeated from teachers, administrators, and the students themselves over and over. I think it's an internal locus of control, perhaps the result of Buddhist philosophy. We can speak more when we're shopping for salwar kameezes :)

  4. Hmmm, I think the last one is the most interesting. Obviously, I'm not aware of the context. I wonder if they are saying that ALL Internet users have a problem, or if they are just saying that ANY problem comes from SOME users.

    The first one also interests me. I mean, kids in the United States: Do they watch more cartoons or CNN (although you could argue that cartoons are often more occasional than the news networks, at times)? Do they read more Twilight or big L literature? I don't think kids choosing social networking sites over distance learning Internet technologies is really such a different issue. It's one that we've been visiting for a long time.