Learning About the Web

I’m not a kid anymore, and I find myself trying to keep up with the fast-paced world of the Internet that seems built for kids who need Ritalin.    I’m doing okay, even though I’m a slow learner.  I still don’t understand the value of FaceBook, MySpace or Twitter, and there’s always something new that’s coming out that increases the pace of information processing.  I’m 56, and so far I haven’t had any luck getting my circle of friends to follow along with me into this new world.  Hell, my wife doesn’t even read my blog.  I tell her I often write about my girlfriends, but she doesn’t bite.

Yesterday I stumbled across a video series that explains many of the current social networking technologies that I thought I should post here.  I’ll see if I can get my old fart friends to stop by and watch them, hoping they might catch onto these newfangled ideas.

The videos are from a company Commoncraft and are an excellent example of educational videos for the web.  You can stop by the Show page and see their catalog.  Or just jump over to YouTube and search on “in Plain English” and you’ll find them so you can send them to your friends or add to your blog.  I’m going to embed a couple here to show off.


2 thoughts on “Learning About the Web”

  1. It is difficult to get people – of any age – to change their habits. I have the same trouble with my friends and work colleagues. And I wouldn’t put myself into the ‘techi-wonderkid’ category at all. I use various technologies for convenience. I learn about new things out there because I have a need to know but I don’t use them if I can’t make them work in my life. I suppose other people are the same – they just can make fewer things work in their lives, I guess.

    My family know I have a blog. I’ve given the url to them all but a couple of them still aren’t sure exactly what it is, let alone ventured into it to read. They have the same reaction to my writing. It’s all a bit vague to them. Not real.

    My daughter, who has grown up in an age of technology and owns a whole heap of electronic stuff with bells and whistles, still doesn’t want to know about some things.

    I think a lot of it comes down to time. Learning new things takes time and with everything changing at such a rapid rate there are a limited number of things you can keep up with. Everything else just gets dropped by the wayside. And we settle into our comfort zones.

  2. For years pundits lamented the death of the letter after long distant telephoning got cheap. Email then became the second coming of the letter. Blogging is another form of socializing, but I don’t know if it replaces any previous form of getting together. It’s new enough that people do not relate to it. And, like letter writing, it’s a skill that doesn’t appeal to everyone, some people never wrote letters when letterwriting was popular.

    Many of my friends claim internet friendships aren’t real. I even know lonely people who complain about not having enough to do and enough friends who look down on cyberspace activities. I think that’s strange. Of course I have a lot of friends and I socialize a lot so maybe my need for cyber communication is in addition to the other kind of human contact, but if I didn’t have that face to face socializing maybe computer socializing wouldn’t be appealing. I don’t know.

    I do get a sense that this new world of social networking is something special, like the invention of the printing press special. It’s weird, but when I was a kid I was socially handicapped by not knowing how to dance, or being afraid to dance. I brushed it off as not important, but I think now, it was. The same thing is happening with blogging. It’s like knowing how to dance so you have another way to interact with people. If you can’t blog you’re missing out on a new kind of personal interaction.


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