Guest post by Mary Manuel
“Social networks are not about technology, they are enabled by technology”. I’m sitting with this thought as I write and publish my first ever blog. As a digital immigrant, my goal for this conference is to practice learning the language of my new country at the GEO Networks conference over the next two days.
As I become absorbed in frenetic tweeting of my “aha” moments and pay half attention to the speakers, I become afraid that I will lose the culture and identity of my home country of technophobia. Right now I’m hiding out in a hallway typing this post, when every instinct would have me chatting with a colleague or taking a walk around the block to enjoy the sunshine during our short break.
Does citizenship in this digital land come at a price? Will I be “wired” like too much coffee with tweeting and blogging and texting, oh my! Or will I walk away feeling more energized and connected with my colleagues here and around the country? The jury is still out. But, just like exercising a new muscle that is atrophied, I’m hoping with a little practice, I will be able to apply for citizenship in no time. I’ll check back in tomorrow to let you know how it’s going.
Mary Manuel is the Managing Director of the McKay Foundation, which funds progressive civic engagement infrastructure nationally and in the western states.