Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Who You Callin' Slow? in the Race to Adopt Technology, Some of Us Take a Little More Time

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Who You Callin' Slow? in the Race to Adopt Technology, Some of Us Take a Little More Time

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IT'S PROBABLY BETTER not to admit to this, considering my rather high-flying perch on the T.H.E. masthead, but, slow technology adopters, set a plate for one more. I come to empathize, not bury--I am, alas, one of you. I too am afflicted with that unique contemporary malady known as user resistance, marked by a hardheaded tendency to begin counting ceiling tiles at the mere mention of new technology.

Let it be said that I'm not crazy about whoever named our particular lot. Slow technology adopters. Certainly I've been called worse, but that's not a very nice thing to say about someone, now is it? Talk about damning with faint praise. I haven't been so euphemistically cut down at the knees since someone called my ears bold. Slow technology adopter is code for 20th-century milquetoast who refuses to part with his phonograph.

It's the slow part that seems a little severe. We slow technology adopters prefer to be called deliberate, or unhurried. Or maybe just late. That's the one--I'm a late technology adopter. It's just something I haven't gotten around to yet, like dusting. I have my reasons. Fear of setup. Fear of instruction manuals. Fear of being jeered by error codes.

In a lot of ways, I'm a ready adopter. I've adopted two dogs and a bird. I've also adopted my father's habit of idly chewing his tongue. Heck, I've adopted the very laptop I'm writing on. I adopted it twice, in fact--the first one had to be returned: bluescreen error. Therein is the problem: Anyone who has ever been bluescreened will understand my apprehension.

I did get VoIP, though. I'm VoIPed to the gills. I call Japan for 2 cents a minute, and my mother-in-law's disembodied voice comes pouring through my computer like a phantom. …

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