The phrase “digital native” has evolved pretty effortlessly into the common lexicon in the last five years. But is it accurate or a misnomer? What we need to keep reviewing, I think, is how early we allow children to adopt technology. The idea of digitally colonising our kids may make us think again about how old they are before we let their minds be gobbled up by our smartphone interfaces.
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There’s been a lot of talk, both for and against, David Cunliffe’s recent public confession that he is sorry to be a man. While I admire his intent, I think his choice of words let him down and weakened his message, for several reasons.
Good on David for trying to take on the Goliathian issue of male violence against women. Unfortunately, by misrepresenting the issue’s complexity, he may have had less of an impact than he could have.
As of tomorrow, 7 July, I’ll be employed for the first time in twelve years. In early May I applied for the 0.6FTE role of Communications Officer at the NZ AIDS Foundation, was offered, to my surprise, an interview in early June and, to my greater surprise, the job in mid-June.
We must finally admit we can no longer trust ourselves and each other to fulfil one of the most important roles of adults — child protection. The countless and growing statistics and news reports attest to it: we’ve got so bad at looking after kids, the least we can do is help them look after themselves.
Our leaders should, at least, be modelling a reasonable approach — at best, a generous one.
John Key, in my opinion, is not a leader. He’s a selfish dick-tator.
The arrest of 12 and 13 year old boys for aggravated robbery and murder respectively in West Auckland a couple of weeks ago highlights a growing malaise in society. The incident itself is a tragedy for the victim and his family, but what is alarming to me is that the two offending boys are victims too — of whatever circumstances led them to offend and now, potentially, of the justice system as well.
Once upon a time there was a man. The man liked water — you may even say he loved it. The man grew up in a family of water lovers. The family didn’t have a lot of water, but they had enough to not be thirsty. He finished school and went to university. At university, he learnt how to acquire water.
It’s evidence of impaired empathy when society demands specific interventions to avoid people being born with or acquiring certain conditions, when there are, as part of the same society, people living with the condition and contributing to that society.
Watch a rather moving commentary on the “evils” of technology by Gary Turk below. Ironically it’s had 42.5 million views on Youtube. Then watch the two rather clever parodies.
Technology. Is it so evil? Or is it just — technology?
In a world that is requiring people to hold far more breadth than depth of knowledge and competence, it’s useful to take stock of those secondary skills you pick up along the way. They may pave the way to fascinating new careers, without the cost and time needed to formally retrain.
I never thought I’d be arguing against diversity but it seems to me that, until technology is prevalent enough to prevent accidents on the road, we are stuck with a global variety of ideologies that would be far better for us if they were consistent.
“Everybody hurts sometimes, so hold on.”
“I tried so hard and got so far, but in the end it doesn’t even matter.”
“When life leaves us blind, love keeps us kind.”
“I’m not sure how it feels to handle everyday, like the one that just past, in the crowds with all the people.”
“Silence is not the way — we need to talk about it.”
I’m no cyber-security expert but I’m geeky enough to know that the recent eBay security breach and, before that, Heartbleed, are showing that passwords are fast becoming obsolete. Many real cyber-experts are advocating biometrics as the way forward — finger, eye or even face scanning.
But I like this solution posed by Justin Balthrop on Medium.
Since watching and tweeting about a news report on a fatal car crash in the weekend, where alcohol and speed (180km/h) were factors, I haven’t been able to stop thinking how stupid and unnecessary the road toll is. In fact, I’d argue it could be almost eradicated quite easily.