Tag: technology

The future of the presidency

If this election has taught us anything, it is that little to nothing can be hidden or kept from the public. With the increasing technology and ability for us to access online documents and retrieve “hidden” information. In the future, this will just get easier and easier. Lives will become more transparent and no one will be safe from public scrutiny. I fear in the future, no one will seem “qualified” to be president because we will know every minute detail of their life.

This knowledge will take the presidency of its pedestal and take the picture perfect image of a presidency away. Our knowledge will be our greatest weakness and create an environment where it is much too hard to find any single being qualified to lead the Country.

These thoughts make me wonder if we will ever be able to elect a president like we did in the past. Previously, presidents have been viewed as heroes, icons, and leaders but as we gain the ability to see into their personal lives, they become human and much more like us. I really don’t know what this means for our future elections; but from what i can tell, it can’t be good. I just hope we can learn that everyone has flaws and accept a candidate based on their morals, qualifications and beliefs rather than their private lives and personalities. I think your character and what you don can speak a lot about who you are and what you stand for but the mistakes you make behind the scenes should not determine who you are. I hope in the future we can make this distinction and use technology to our betterment rather than our demise.

 

 

Be respectful

Three evenings a week, I work as a “Lehigh Liner” as a part time job. Basically a liner is a telemarketer but instead of trying to sell stuff over the phone, we ask for donations to Lehigh and various organizations existing at Lehigh. We focus our efforts on alumni and parents of students. Most nights, I am lucky to have three or four worthwhile conversations, the rest are no answers, not available, or hang up before we have time to talk.

As a student, I enjoy calling alumni because I like to hear what kind of success people have gotten after attending Lehigh and any stories/ advice they have about Lehigh. Unfortunately, oftentimes people are incredibly rude over the phone and really make us feel bad for calling them. I understand that some people have no desire to donate to Lehigh (which is fine), but I still appreciate a good conversation or politeness when declining to speak with me.

Because I now make calls to strangers, I have a newfound respect for others that do it as well. Rather than being rude to them, I will now politely decline their offer or at least listen to what they have to say. I think it is important we all try to do this. It’s important to understand people make these calls because it is their job. They aren’t doing it because they want to annoy you and waste time. Making phone calls is a job for a lot of people and we should try and respect that they are working hard and working legally to make money. So instead of being rude to them, just let them say their spiel and be respectful.

Technology (part 2)

So todays post is also about technology and semi-related to yesterdays blog. The technology posts have been inspired by a pbs documentary about the digital age.

Growing up I was never allowed to play rated M video games or games involving guns. My parents believed that playing with fake weapons would lead me to view the dangers of real weapons will less significance. Playing with toy guns would supposedly lead me to playing with real guns and not understand their dangers.

I understand why they thought this. That generation has created the idea that kids cannot distinguish between one world (reality) and another (digital world). Through technology, we will blend what is seen on screen with reality and not understand the differences. Because adults grew up without technological immersion, they believe that growing up with it can result in negative consequences.

I have to say, I reject this idea and think it is completely misguided. I think because my generation grew up both in the real world and the digital one, we are able to easily transition between the two. We can play a game like “Call of Duty” or “Halo” and then turn it off and enter back into reality. I don’t think playing those games made me any more likely to play with real guns in the same way I would in a video game.

Adults have trouble understanding that children can jump from digital to real-life with out a problem. They grew up not having the access to two worlds so it is hard to understand what that is like for a child.

It is easy to blame all these shootings and hate crimes on video games and movies. I think placing the blame on them is the easy answer. Some people in our society have serious mental issues. So yes, maybe those people have trouble separating what is real and what is fake but children with healthy minds can easily distinguish these two worlds. Previous generation grew up with out video games yet these same shootings happened. How can we know for sure is there is a direct link between violent video games and real-world violence when we are the first generation to have both?

I don’t blame adults for being skeptical of these games, but i think it is a premature to say these games are the root-of-all-evil that exist is society.

Technology

I remember when I lived at home, I would always get frustrated with my parents for not being able to operate technology. Helping them with their smartphones, televisions and computers always tested my patience. I couldn’t understand how a human being could be so inept to use a piece of equipment.

I still really don’t understand why they desire to own powerful smartphones and devices when they don’t use features that consume this power. With that being said, it’s their money and they can spend it how they choose. Recently though, I learned to let go of this anger when helping them navigate technology.

A documentary about digital media used this quote and it really spoke to me.

“Adults are immigrants to the world of technology; we grew up in it.”

This one sentence changed my entire view of why parents can’t seem to understand technology like younger genrations do. The comparison of technology to immigrants really made sense and caused the whole concept to click.

The majority of people who move to a new country as an adult, often retain their accent and culture beliefs from their country. Children, on-the-other-hand, adapt and learn the ways of a new country quickly and transition to the new environment easily. If you think about it, people with accents speak the same english that we speak, but they may take longer to get their point across.

Because my generation grew up with technology, we adapted and let is shape our brains to use it to the full extent. Adults still have a large sense of the world before technology. They speak the digital language, but it make take them longer to find the point.

Children’s brains are growing and learning at a much faster pace than that of an adult. They are able to learn new things quickly. Because technology was available at a young age, we learned it quickly and incorporated it into our knowledge. This is completely different than how adults with fully formed brains were introduced to technology.

Now whenever my parents have issues operating their devices and call me for tech support. I’ll just think about myself trying to communicate with people in Spain. In both cases, we can speak the language, but it takes longer to process it and figure out what it means. So your welcome Mom and Dad. I get it now and will be willing to help you with any technological concerns you may have.