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22nd-Jan-2008 01:01 pm
House facepalm
From an AP story I came across today:
"It's nice that adults know SOME things," says [Scott] Seigal, an 18-year-old freshman at Binghamton University in New York. He especially likes IMing with his grandma because he's "not a huge talker on the phone."

Increasingly, however, he and other young people are feeling uncomfortable about their elders encroaching on what many young adults and teens consider their technological turf.

Long gone are the days when the average, middle-aged adult did well to simply work a computer. Now those same adults have Gmail, upload videos on YouTube, and sport the latest high-tech gadgets.
Maybe I'm just feeling curmudgeonly and cranky because I'm twice as old as the kid quoted... but speaking for my 37-year-old self (who literally teethed on a computer keyboard — Dad was a programmer and we had a dumb terminal in the home office) and for my 67-year-old father, who received the Grace Murray Hopper Award for outstanding young computer professionals back in 1973 — uh, kiddo, who do you think created that technological turf you consider your own? I'll give you a hint: many, if not most, of them were born LONG before 1990.
22nd-Jan-2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
44 here.

I have a cousin (who's dead now) who would be 57 on his birthday this year -- right around now, in fact -- who had his PhD in computer science in '78. Bah. Dang kids. Gerrof my lawn.
23rd-Jan-2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
I was thinking about this while brushing my teeth and realized that it's less a matter of "you darn kids, gerrof my lawn" and more a matter of "no, you little brat, I'm not getting off the lawn because it's my lawn too, and I've been weeding it and raking leaves off it since before you were born. Twerp."

22nd-Jan-2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
i, incidentally, <3 your dad although something he created almost inspired me to leave computers entirely and never look back.
22nd-Jan-2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
Hmm... is that a good thing or a bad thing?

My mom used to do her best to crush the dreams of my starry-eyed friends. "If I can persuade you not to be an artist, I will." (The reasoning being, of course, that if she was able to discourage them, they had no business going into a field like art. Or theatre. Or music. Or anything like that that would involve putting themselves out there for rejection again and again and again.)
22nd-Jan-2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
I don't know, I think that it was probably a good thing, in that I learned the breath of my ignorance early on in my career before I had the chance to be promoted to the level of my incompetence. :-)
23rd-Jan-2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
It is true that a lot of adults do not adapt quickly, and the flow of technological changes is too fast for them. I often feel like a Luddite. But "encroaching"? "Turf"? I was running a MMORPG back in '90 (well, perhaps a MORPG), and a BBS in '86.

Admittedly, back in the day you really had to know computers, while these days so many vendors have made "point and click" solutions that it is trivial to do certain things. That just makes us older folks more arcane: ten to one Seigal doesn't know any assembly and couldn't find his way out of SoftICE without unplugging the computer.

Using Gmail or YouTube is not a sign of competence.
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