I was really interested in Ch. 6 of Ambient Findability this week when the author talked about the beginning of the internet. It's hard for me to imagine a time when only a small group of people were interested in the online world, but it makes complete sense. I mean, if someone approached me and asked, "What would you say if I told you there was a database where you can find virtually any answer that you've ever needed?" I would think it was a complete farce!
I can't even begin to imagine what it must have been like without the internet. Although I didn't really use it until the end of my middle school years, I always have had access to it. If I think back hard enough I can remember when we actually had to "dial up" to be online, and you couldn't use your phone at the same time you were online. When I think of times like that and then look at my young cousins who use the internet like its nothing, I can't help but feel a little old. How cool is it that we were part of a generation that saw the beginning of the popularity of the world wide web?! Our kids will be reading about this stuff in history books.
All of the readings we have done have allowed me to have a more accepting mentality of the internet. I adamantly insist that I am technologically disadvantaged, but I know that that's not true. I mean, I can use my smart phone (well, kind of) and I can find what I need to on the internet most of the time. Sometimes I try to imagine what it would be like if you moved to America from a third-world country. What would they think about a culture that is so interconnected that it could be a concern? How long would it take an adult to completely learn how to use these technologies? Sometimes I take being raised in such a technology savvy for granted, but to an extent, we all are guilty of that.