This post is to prove that not everything has to be long. This is the ending scene from Traffic (2001), a movie that I remember liking very much but haven’t seen since. I remember being moved by this scene precisely because it was so lovingly patient. It was just a scene of kids playing baseball and the resignation of a summer evening. This is the quiet solitude of knowing, of faith actualized. The scene paints the observer as one with the sounds and the sights. It is just patient enough to linger there for minutes, to let us savor it a bit longer, patiently dangling along in its lazy current.
My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.