I posed a question at the beginning of this post:
Can you LAUGH and yet be ANGRY at the SAME time???
The answer for me, I’ve learned, is absolutely YES.
The evidence came as I watched the video at the end of this post.
The LAUGH: It’s cleverly done. Acted well. Although the language is German, it is not necessary to know what they are saying.
The actions speak for themselves, and it’s … well…. funny!
(Thanks to Margo for sending it to me. :) )
The ANGER: Gosh darn it. I really get angry, seriously bothered, when older people are portrayed (often in commercials) as complete and utter idiots when it comes to technology.
And that is simply not true. What is true is that we didn’t grow up with any of this. There were no smart phones (your phone was attached to the wall, and tethered with a cord), there was no streaming, there were no tablets. And, hard as it is to believe…. no internet.
In my house we jumped into tech with the invention of the calculator, Pong, and then the Atari 2600. Next we enjoyed the AMAZING Commodore 64. I remember my son explaining to me how he could call another computer and if it was “on” he could leave a message on a “bulletin board” and someone else, from another computer could actually read this message. Unknown to me at the time (I actually thought it was pretty useless) that was the very beginning of the internet.
When he went off to college he explained to me that he would be emailing his papers to professors. I was skeptical…. but the world was changing … and fast.
And so those of us of a certain age, who were there from the beginning, had a choice. Jump in, or go on with life as usual. Technology, at first, was a choice. And if you aged without jumping in, it is most likely overwhelming, now.
But many many many people DID jump in. I loved it all. And still do. I know of many others both personally and online who are also “up there” in years and completely comfortable with smart phones, tablets and all the other technological goodies that are available to us today.
And I firmly believe, no matter what the age, with proper instruction, anyone can master an iPhone or iPad or a Kindle. My mother, age 84, uses them all quite well.
And, not only do I believe that older people CAN use these things, I believe that they SHOULD. The technology of today can enhance a life that is slowing down. A Kindle, for example, allows aging eyes to read comfortably with larger fonts.
The original purpose of this blog truly highlights this point … breaking down the sometimes-confusing-tech-speak into very do-able bits.
I fully believe that when the young people of today are old, they will find that they will be completely comfortable with the technology that they keep up with. But when new things come along at lightning speed (and they will), they just might find themselves left behind a bit, too. (And made fun of by the youth who are being born, now.)
So, after that rant of anger ….. here comes the laugh.
Proving to me that you CAN be angry and laugh at the same time. :)
Dad’s New iPad