September 08, 2006
Talk nerdy to me
“While tech jargon might be very useful among engineers and programmers, it should stay among engineers and programmers so as not to frighten the children and the horses.” (http://www.wired.com/news/columns/1,70214-0.html)
Sorry for constant quoting, but I found this hilarious. Anytime I hear technical jargon, I am afraid I am going to be quizzed and getting the wrong answer could be my demise, and as far as politicians go they don’t need fancy words to fool us, they can simply lie flat out and we’ll will still be giving them babies to kiss. Since when did we have to dumb down celebrity court cases into sentences with LOL in them so the 13-year-olds at the mall can stay current with “world news?” Karissa’s translation of Dr. Jerz’s rules for e-mailing are so helpful. It explains how to get your point across without wasting time and still sounding relatively alert. I agree with the article that language does change over time and we have to realize that we will get smarter if we learn to be more adaptable to these changes. In relation to your question about fear of advancement, Dr. Jerz, I think people are afraid of anything that the media tells us. People have blamed musicians like Britney Spears and Marilyn Manson for their kids getting pregnant or blowing up their classmates. People do matter more than technology and there are plenty of classes offering to help people come over their fears. I would never e-mail or blog if it wasn’t for school and I’m glad because I’ve saved so much time. If we want to live longer than the Cavemen, we need the medical technologies. Fear must be overcome!
Posted by ErinWaite at September 8, 2006 02:45 PM
Great title, Erin!
Posted by: Cherie at September 12, 2006 05:16 PM
I love your title, too!
The "children and horses" line echoes the fear that people felt when automobiles were turned loose on the streets. In generations past, it wasn't uncommon for "women" to be part of that list, too.
Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at September 12, 2006 06:09 PM