I know there’s never really a need to apologize for not posting, so I won’t. I will say that you shouldn’t be surprised if it continues to be slow for a while. The standard knockout punch of work, travel, and having a laptop in the shop for two weeks has brought me to my knees. This post comes to you courtesy of a borrowed laptop, free wifi at the Boise airport and a two hour flight delay. Woo.
All of which brings me to my question… You know Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, right? I’m wondering what the digital equivalent is (I’ve seen this, but it’s not quite what I’m talking about). My first guess is that the bottom layer needs to be a basic understanding of how to manage a modern operating system, right? Is there something more basic than that? Keyboarding skills, maybe, but those aren’t particularly digital. Keyboarding skills were needed for manual typewriters, so they aren’t really an artifact of the digital age.
Then what’s the next level if we assume keyboarding skills–standard word processing abilities? That seems about right. My 90-year old grandpa used to type his memoirs on an old computer. He was kinda stuck at this level. Never quite found the onramp to the “information highway” so to speak.
Then what? Email? Web? A combination of both? Seems like the idea of communications ought to be covered before moving on to more abstract concepts such as search, coding and database manipulation. And I’m not convinced that coders as a group represent the top of the triangle. I’ve met plenty that rightly deserve the crown of digital self-actualization, but I’ve met easily an equal number who are kinda stuck in a rut and don’t really have a broad view of our culture’s technologic trajectory.
I kinda lose it right about here. I’m clearly not digitally self-actualized, or I’d have a better understanding of what all these levels look like. Any ideas?