The Days Of Yore Vs. Today

I was talking with the Better 3/4ths about the old days of my computer experience and how it seems like only yesterday that I was connecting to a pre-Internet BBS over a 1200 baud modem.

For those of you who don’t know what a 1200 baud modem is like, imagine connecting to a server that only sends text (no graphics) and you can read it 2-3 times faster than it’s showing up on the screen. It would take several minutes for a modern web page to load up.

It’s amazing how quickly technology has grown and how much it has pervaded our lives. We have more processing power in our watches now than the astronauts had in the capsules that brought them to the moon.

What’s really interesting is the effect of technology on the youth of today. My generation was the last to not have the computer take center stage, so when there was a fad that came around, it was usually along the lines of what brand of jeans or sneakers you wore. In contrast, the kids of today are also faced with having to keep track of the latest technology fads.

“What do you mean, you don’t have a myspace page? You’re such a dork!”

“A Zune?! Hahahaha, get a real mp3 player like an iPod.”

“That Nokia is so yesterday, get a real cell like a Razor.”

“Forget the razor, you need a Blackberry.”

“ewww a Blackberry. We switched to iPhones weeks ago.”

There are times when I look at some piece of technology and I wonder how I ever lived without it. Yet, by the measure of time, tech is still very much in it’s infancy and we as a society are still grappling with how we are going to live with it.

It shows in the fact that the laws on the books are so far behind the curve and it shows in how the yesterday’s big media conglomerates are using those flawed laws to bludgeon people as much as they can in an attempt to keep their tight, sweaty, monopolistic grip on their obsolete business model… and on our wallets.

The thing is, the kids of today didn’t grow up in the cage that these companies are used to everyone being in. They’ve probably never experienced a media blackout of a ball game and they sure aren’t going to suffer through one like we once did if someone on high decided to pull that switch. Because with the Internet, they now have the option of streaming it from somewhere where the game isn’t blacked out.

They are also very intolerant to stupidity and the sooner that media companies realize the futility of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and how stupid it is for them to think that  this next generation will stand for it, the sooner they can start trying to rebuild all of the respect that they’ve lost in recent years. Granted, with how deep their pockets are, they’ll probably survive if they have to skip this one generation, but if they continue on the path they are insisting on trudging, the generations that follow will also turn their backs on them and then they’ll be in a real trouble.

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~ by ghendar on March 4, 2009.