30 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 20 – Geekdom Revolution

Day 20 – Geekdom Revolution
The phrase is cliché these days, “Technology is a blessing and a curse.” Technology can be replaced with most any word. For one person, blank is a blessing; for another, blank is a curse. All things in moderation, right?

I’m thankful for technology, and I’m thankful I grew up when the computing pioneers were charting new territory; the days when only computer geeks owned a ‘personal’ computer (yes, I owned one).

What a spectacle watching fat, clunky computers slim into the lean and mean electronics we carry in our pockets today. The iGeneration of multipurpose handheld devices–iPhones, Blackberrys, Treos, and more on the way.

Without modern technology, I’d be writing this on a typewriter with the likelihood of nobody reading it. The words may find their way to my handwritten journal, but no further.

I suppose few may read this anyway, but technology makes it possible for communication unfathomable in previous generations. Commoners like myself sharing everyday life with you (and vice versa), and you don’t have to be a self-proclaimed “geek” to participate.

Revolutions are costly, never without advocates and protesters, and also inevitable. We must decide whether to identify and protect that which is beneficial in revolution, or ignore it altogether and allow the detrimental to proliferate. Technology is no different.

“Technology… is a queer thing.  It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.”
–C.P. Snow, New York Times, 15 March 1971

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