Web/Tech

"New undergrads are starting to not know how to use computers"

Technology just keeps changing. I was going to write "advancing" but changed my mind.

"It would never happen a few years ago, but lately I've been noticing a trend of computer illiterate undergrads in my computing class. Guess a highschool kid these days doesn't have need for a computer at all?"

And see "Smartphones Have an Unexpected New Rival".


"2016 Internet Slang: A Year in Review"

First World problem: it's tough to keep up.

The web’s impossibly fast lingual churn has driven institutions like the Oxford Dictionaries mad, pushing it to select illustrated symbols and dystopian concepts as its words of the year. And as the world’s social networks grow more vast, our lingual graveyard gets a little more cramped with antiquities like n00b, YOLO, on fleek.


"Grayson Allen's legs again a national topic, which is entirely his fault"

Unless you live in a family of Duke fans like I do, you might not care about the Grayson Allen contretemps or even know about it. But here's a CBS report on the most recent event. The reporter writes:

I'll be honest: I had Duke-Boston College on television Saturday when the incident occurred, and I didn't even blink. Perhaps that's because I was also on social media and not totally focused. Maybe it's because my eyes are bad. Either way, the point's the same. I didn't notice it in real time. And neither did any of the three officials. 

So why did it become a huuuge deal? Because somebody put the video on Twitter. 

I'm not anti-technology. I'm not even opposed to Twitter. (For somebody who is, see "It's Time to Kill Twitter, Before It Kills Us".) I just think that journalists and writers of all kinds should devote less time and attention to a tiny, tiny number of folks who sound off on Twitter. Why does our national conversation have to be driven by them?