Look Ma No Computer!

Well, this is fairly handy. I’m doing my homework via cellphone. In fact, I’m dictating this to my cell phone. I’m not even typing it!

Now I’m typing (expect typos in the near future). 

I am often amazed at how far technology has come in my life time alone. When I was younger our first computer was a Packard Bell. It had an 8 inch floppy disk drive, a stationary Mouse, and the CD’s had to be put in a special case before they were put into the computer tower. And now, my phone is functioning as my own computer.

In my classes, I am not surrounded by my peers.

I learmed to type on a typewriter. I have played on game systems whoch interacted with VHS tapes. I had a MySpace, LiveJournal, Gaia, AIM, and a plethora of forum and online public chatroom accounts.

When I first joined Facebook in 2005, it was only for college students. To register, you had to have a valid college email. Now, my 5yr old niece has one and likes to spam my phone with Pusheen the cat stickers. 

I had a LiveJournal account… I had several actually. And I posted all sorts of personal things because the internet was not The Internet to me then. 

Now look at it all. The technology is different-the social media is different-and each has its own language. The slang varies from media to media and computer to computer. Try asking a Mac user to defrag his laptop-he most likely won’t have a clue what you mean. On Google+, you +1 some thing you like; On Twitter/Tumblr, you favorite it; on Facebook, you like it; and everything gives yoi the chance to share. 

I wonder if we share too much. I don’t just mean our personal information. We share so many people’s ideas- I wonder how many of us still have our own.

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By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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