Name some of what technology does for you that is better in the 21st century than it was in the 20th century.
I’ll start. I learned to type on a typewriter. Insert paper, roll forward, start typing. Make a mistake, whip out the white out, fix the mistake, continue; repeat ad nauseam. Today, I can use one of two brilliant technological advancements while writing on a keyboard.
What are they? Obvious, right?
The delete key and undo. I use both perhaps as much as any other feature or function on my Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
Two other similar features come to mind that go in the opposite direction of the undo button. Think Retweet and Like, or perhaps Follow.
Chris Wetherell developed the Retweet feature on Twitter. That seemingly simple feature allows Twitter users to send a tweet to someone else, or publish it on their own Twitter account.
See the danger? Nobody saw it when Wetherell created it.
We might have just handed a 4-year-old a loaded weapon… That’s what I think we actually did
The four-year-old in question now runs the country and, yes, Retweet is now a weapon that is used with abandon.
What about Facebook, the home of Likes and Follows?
Danger lurks there, too, because the social media giant gathers detailed information about your online habits, your Likes and people you know (and their habits, and how they relate to you, including family members), then bludgeons your face with advertising in an attempt to persuade you to do what advertisers want.
Facebook shares such information with third parties and advertisers (Cambridge Analytica). Privacy settings– to help you exercise control over what gets collected– often get reset. Friends you follow can make you vulnerable to your friend’s enemies. Fake profiles abound.
Is it any wonder I prefer the good old days; the likes of yesteryear where technological advancements– features– were beneficial for humankind. Delete button. Undo button. Copy and paste. Cut and paste. Even Autocorrect has benefits far better than Like and Follow.