Week 2 Reflection
I've grown up with computers since I was very small, part of the first generation to really be immersed in the world of microchips and digital processors. I was right on the cusp. I remember my dad's first computer and when AOL booted up that first time. Soon, it felt like every house had a computer. From then on, growth was nearly exponential. Faster processors and larger data banks allowed for mass consumption on a global scale, which in turn led to what may be the greatest invention of the last century, the internet.
Instant communication to anyone, anywhere, but more than that, from its inception, the internet has created a smaller, faster world. Businesses restructured overnight and new industries were created to manage the flow of the endless digital information. Human beings had finally discovered a way to compile all the world's information and a means to transmit it to the multitudes. The digital realm quickly integrated into the fabric of American culture and began to rework the ways in which we worked and played. This is the America I was born into, one constantly being redesigned by the flowing tide of information. To say that the internet has provided an epiphany in my life would be an understatement. The internet has so deeply ingrained itself within my generation that it has helped shape our thought processes, the way we communicate, and the way we access information. Calling a girl used to involve picking up the telephone, and now it seems a delicate dance of text messages and diligent Facebooking. The index of a book even seems a rare treat these days when I can just use the Find function on my PDF viewer and shave off a few extra seconds from my workload.
The world has changed drastically in the last quarter century and the technological whirlwind that continues to sweep our world doesn't particularly show any signs of slowing. Among the endless emails to sort, Blackboard assignments, and even the occasional...