Loss of Culture in a Digital World Joel, Diane, Ankita, Andrew, Kristina

Technology is progressing to the point where we can interact with many different nations and cultures; is it possible to show that the bitsphere is not only aiding this progression but accelerating the rate at which it is occurring? Global interactions are expanding and becoming richer and fuller but these interactions can also become impersonal and dangerous. Can cultural assimilations in the hopes of forming global villages, pose dangers such as loss of individual identity? Within this, can identity also be expanded to an individual's culture or personality (theory)?

Cultures rise and cultures fall.

Our Proposal / Approach

Define our variables:

  • What is culture, and what does culture mean to us?
  • How do we see cultural identity?
  • How do we interact in the bitsphere?

Explore effects:

  • What are the effects of technological revolutions doing to our sense of culture and/ or cultural identity?
  • How does identity (even cultural) then tie into our individuality?
  • Provide historical evidence (if any) where culture or individuality had been lost due to external forces (such as media).
  • Global interactions and how they changed through the years?
  • Potential learning theories to explore: connectivism; constructivism; behaviourism.
  • We would like to not only approach these concerns, but also see if these concerns can in fact be accurately explored.

Possible conclusions:

  • When different cultures assimilate, a hybrid culture spawns and it is not a loss of culture but an addition to a global community.
  • When different cultures assimilate, the dominate culture prevails, resulting in a loss of cultural or individual identity.
Cultures once believed the world to be flat...


"In this world of ours we're not all macs or all pcs, and even the same computer may have a different keyboard. We need to focus now on creating new software so that those of you who are macs in this room and those of you who pcs in this room can communicate effectively and harmoniously and the key to that is cultural intelligence. The key to that is understanding different cultures and learning techniques to adapt in order to improve. It's not about taking away, it's not about losing our own cultural identity. Culture intelligence is about realizing quite simply that we don't all reason and think the same way. That culturally we look at a variety of important things very differently." (TEDxAix, 2015, 9:55)

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