Organizing Dialogue, Experience and Knowledge for Complex Problem-Solving

Do we have to be this way?

May 10th, 2011

Recall Morpheus asking Neo, “What is the question?”

Translate from feature fiction film to real life.

Start with language.

Rephrase.

Do you (we) really “have to be this way”?

Remix.

What question stimulates that answer? What if we change the question?

This video explores the quest for survival by a generation overwhelmed by the glut of social media. What choices do they really have? What choices do you have? How — and who — will find the answer?

When does collective learning become collective intelligence?

This video is the result of undergraduate students living the question during a Communication course on Media and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Building from individual videos for the Visions of Students Today project by Michael Wesch, this video includes excerpts of TED Talk lectures, contemporary musicians, dancers and other intellectual artists depicting some of the social realities of media and culture relevant in 2011.

Watch the companion video, Re-Solving Survival (Controlled Drowning?), aka, “What makes us normal?”

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