I think the important thing is knowing that you’re working hard on behalf of a noble cause. You can’t reach everyone online and this campus isn’t as supportive as it should be for the arts but I know that SOCA does great work. If you can establish and maintain a good reputation for promoting the arts here, then the people will come.
Like Michelle mentioned, I think passwords are a strange example because a lot of companies and schools require you to constantly change your passwords often and they eventually go from sentimental to practical. Maybe that’s a metaphor for how our letters/long, heartfelt emails have transformed into practical, transaction-based messages.
I do like your point about remember the face. That’s one of Reddit’s official rules is to “remember the human” and I think is often forgotten about even on sites like Facebook where we know what the people we interact with look like and usually have met them.
Agreed wholeheartedly. As a fellow introvert there are often times where I really appreciate the freedom of being able to put up a virtual barrier between me and the people I interact with because would absolutely be too draining to talk to the number of people I have to interact with on a daily basis without some sort of chronological and spatial separation between me and them.
I would argue that we absolutely do have other kinds of computers that we interact with on an every day basis. Tons of things in our every day lives branched off at different points in the development of the computer. Our calculators are early computers in a smaller form, our cars have tons of computerized electronics that don’t have a mouse or keyboard yet are still interactive. iPods used a click wheel and did all the things offline computers do minus word processing, iPads are computers with touchscreens… the list goes on and on.
That said, I think our kids are going to be living in a world full of anachronisms like ‘developing pictures’, the # symbol as ‘hashtag’ not ‘pound’, ‘mixtape’, and others that will make as little sense to them as some of the things you described made to you until you had those realizations.
Also – the save button we still use is a floppy disk, which hopefully will last forever and confuse kids of the future until the end of time.