Deborah's point about the consumerism that fuels our need to constantly upgrade our devices was definitely true -- coming from
Hong Kong, a place notorious for it's materialistic citizens, I cannot get over the long queues at the Apple store everytime a new
iWhatever comes out. That said, I'm not sure that Deborah's consequent point about the difficulty of having to constantly upgrade
our "toolkits" to be able to use each and every new device quite stands.
We're at an interesting point in time where technology is moving at a faster pace than at any point in history. But what we some-
times neglect to remember is that rather than to work in order to use individual devices, we should really focus on being able to use
a variety as new technology keeps pouring in. This means getting to the core of how these new tools work: our toolkits should really
focus on being able to intuitively switch between different mediums as well as be able to anticipate/adapt to new forms.
Our devices are meant to be intuitive. There are designs that are made on us constantly and the
key to this type of design is to make sure that the user doesn't have to think. Sure, it takes a moment to adapt to new technology (I'm
thinking about the process in which I figured out how to use my iPad effectively) but you don't necessarily sit there and freak out
because you cannot access a device at all. I now get separation anxiety from my iPad, even though I didn't want one when they
first came out. But because I have a toolkit that allowed me to get to the core of the technology and build from there, I was able
to get used to using an iPad even though the thought of e-reading scared me at the beginning.
And that's where I think education really steps in -- we need to be able to teach students that can easily switch between devices and tech-