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Digital Dark Age

A Moment in Time One of the advantages of being older than 30 is having a slim electronic record of your adolescence. In the days when cameras were too bulky to fit in the palm of your hand and the cost of film made candid shots a luxury, few moments of teen stupidity endured beyond the moment.

Now there are voluntary and involuntary records of almost everything-a fact most teens savor until they start looking for a job. The ironic thing is those hefty collections of images and video may fade faster than the relatively few photographs that haunt those born before 1980. Continue reading

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Lessons From the Election

Man struggling under weight of informationIf you had asked me 18 months ago what I expected to learn from the Presidential election, I might have said something silly – like more information about the issues. Instead, I learned more than I expected about technology and its potential impact on virtually everything.

In the waning days of the campaign, I spent a lot of time thinking what a mistake it is to look at technology as simply a convenience. Technology makes it easy for anyone to do almost anything–take photographs, shoot video, research a topic or post unedited information on the Internet.

But that’s the problem. Continue reading

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Balancing Act: Man or Technology

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Long after I lost my faith in (most) people, I continued to trust technology. It just seemed easier to believe in something grounded in logic and precision-untouched by the whims of human emotion. Continue reading

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The Fall

I have a degree in journalism, not economics. So while that makes me potentially qualified to run for vice president, it doesn’t make me an expert on the banking crisis.

But I know enough to know this: Technology wasn’t the problem.

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The Heart of Technology

Sign saying Have a Nice Day Technology makes it easy to work from home. In fact, with barely any effort, I can avoid leaving home at all, for work or anything else. I can interface virtually, shop online, digitally connect, living and working in near isolation. But like a meal that satisfies my hunger but not my soul, leaving me longing for something I can’t define, sometimes technology just isn’t enough. Continue reading

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Wanting It All

Someday I’ll tell my grandchildren how it was once possible to call in sick for work just so you could  spend the day at the beach…and never worry the lie would be uncovered by a picture message, Twitter post or video clip on YouTube. In fairness, I’ll probably also feel compelled to explain that we had to go to the library to do research, wait for the mail to get important documents and have photos processed before we could view them. Continue reading

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Can I Just Call You?

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Once we wondered whether it was better to have loved and lost, rather than never to have loved at all. Now, in this age of technology, we may be more likely to wonder if it’s better to accept a next generation iPhone from an employer or continue to pay a couple hundred dollars a month for the use of the decidedly low-tech flip-phone we received free with a two-year contract last year.

The decision isn’t as simple as it may seem. Continue reading

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