i spent a lot of time with my 14 year old sister over the holiday school break. spending time with her, i thought a lot about the fact that she is a true net native, having never really seen a pre-internet pre-mobile world. it made me realize that, as much as i pretend, i am not a 'net native' the way she, and all future generations of americans will be. unlike kjwl, i actually remember learning how to:
2. double click (that actually was hard to learn at first)
3. right click
4. always use an area code in a phone numbers (7 digits used to work fine)
5. transcribe long urls (it used to be really hard)
6. hit 'call'/'send' when dialing a number
7. text message (/t9)
8. type with my thumbs
9. efficiently see and navigate application 'windows'
i remember when my father first came home with a briefcase sized cell phone, and how people used to gawk at him on the street. i can still sing the modem handshake song. i remember trying to download the 5mb duke nukem trial on 10 kbps connections that would keep dropping. i remember the first cd i ordered online. i remember how amazing it was to jack a "general magic" 'mobile' internet device into the wall and go online. i remember film cameras, and my first digital camera which used a serial port to let you download its 500k internal memory. i remember 10 mb max inbox sizes, and freshman week without facebook. i remember aohell.
it is amazing to recognize that my generation will be the last to remember the pre-digital world, and that our role might be to guard the lessons from those fading memories.