12 February 2010

Some days I just feel old

Talk about deja-vu...

"One time I saw David wearing earphones while typing on his laptop. The screen was divided into four windows: one for Word, one for MSN messenger, and two different YouTube videos (one was a song that he had playing through the headphones, and the other was 'How to build a paper hang glider'.")

"And the dog was sleeping on his lap."
Earlier this year, after establishing a few ground rules, we allowed 13 year-old Neophyte to open up a Facebook account. I was astonished at how quickly he was buried under a pile of friend requests.

It seems today's teens & tweens have absolutely no reluctance to embrace all that technology has to offer. It's a little bit of a shock... this is a kid whose favourite baby toy was a curly piece of telephone cord.

And it isn't just computers... Techno-boy been converting his favourite YouTube videos to little operettas that constantly throb & hum on his Ipod-o-sauraus... a smallish, infernal contraption that for all intents & purposes, might as well be surgically implanted in the base of his skull.

My latest discovery is that, apparently, we are the Luddite parents in his circle of friends... he's now campaigning for a cellphone.

So much for the simple days of a boy and his dog.

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FROM THE COMMENTS:
"I don't consider myself a Luddite, just a guy who has seen it all before; being able to read a blog while camping in Algonquin Park doesn't wow me. It makes me sad."

"Of course, I was up until 3 am this morning googling how to use a certain brush technique for Paint Shop Pro, downloading some pics from Project Gutenberg to merge for some "art", while listening to first the Sabres game, then a ripped CD that I was loading onto my iPod."
Our modern world.


2 comments:

JA Goneaux said...

I had my first home computer back in the 1980s (yes, a Commodore 64, a hand me down from my nuclear engineering uncle).

I learned BASIC in the early 80s (school had two computers, running on cassettes - we wore out the "A" keys playing Space Invaders, then in 1993, got my own home computer. Dial up, of course, but since there was no World Wide Web, everything was text-based. It took some doing to find anything.

I don't consider myself a Luddite, just a guy who has seen it all before; being able to read a blog while camping in Algonquin Park doesn't wow me. It makes me sad.

I remember having to have friends send me e-mails to get off the dial up so other friends could phone me so we could actually meet in "meat space".

Of course, I was up until 3 am this morning googling how to use a certain brush technique for Paint Shop Pro, downloading some pics from Project Gutenberg to merge for some "art", while listening to first the Sabres game, then a ripped CD that I was loading onto my iPod. I was also surfing some blogs, leaving comments and, er, reviewing the new Sports Illustrated issue. You know, for the Olympic stuff. Guilty as charged. Glad to see Neo mixes entertainment with education. I remember way back in college in the 80s we had a demo of one of the first DVDs. It was an instruction for...making a paper airplane. Plus ça change...

Unfortunately, those who are truly addicted to such things (and that's the only word for it), are gonna go through severe withdrawal if even the mildest "doomsday scenario" of solar flares, "the web is full", zombie bot-nets, etc. come true.

Me? If I lost the 'net, I'd read real books instead of on-line versions, listen to terrestrial or satellite radio, and the stereo for music - if I could remember how to use the CD player. If I lost the whole computer...well, I'd get more fresh air, that's for sure...

I truly do feel sorry for the "can't remember the world before high-speed". Pointing and clicking does NOT make you a computer genius. Remember being told back in the day that you'd have to be really, really smart to get into computers? Nerds only, and all that...

Neo Conservative said...

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well... there's certainly no putting the genie back in the bottle...

"Now there's a couple of options here, one of which involves a high-speed steel drill bit and a lot of sweating & cursing. The other option, of course, is Google."

embrace or perish.

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