I didn't really intend for this to be a series, but after yesterday's post on the ways in which technology is impacting our culture positively, I've come across more interesting stories.
John Wenzel has an interesting report on Avatars and Academics, on which he describes the ways anthropologists are using online gaming to study our culture. Many people are finding the ability to connect with other like-minded people online in a way that is entertaining and fun to be helpful in developing meaningful relationships.
Chris Matyszczyk has an interesting (albeit slightly sarcastic) report on CNET explaining how a many was able to use an application on his Android phone to defend himself in court against a speeding ticket. In that case, the officer using the radar gun apparently needed further training on the radar gun, and the defendant's phone showed him going at a speed much closer to the speed limit than he was charged. Without technology, the case would have boiled down to his word vs. the police officer's word. While it appeared that neither was being untruthful, the result might have been different.
In another court battle brewing in Western Oklahoma in which a youth worker is facing seriously inappropriate charges involving inappropriate behavior with teenager. The way the case is shaping up, it appears that technology (mobile phone usage including text messages) will be a large part of the evidence used to determine who is telling the truth in that case.
What ways have you found that technology has made a significant difference in your world?
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.