Introduction to Digital Humanities

RELI/ENGL 39, Fall 2015, University of the Pacific

My relationship with technology

As far back as I can remember I have always been very intrigued by computers and basically technologies of all types. My uncle is an engineer and when I was 5 years old he got me my first computer desk top and showed me how to use it. From that moment on I started to learn more and more about technology like how to use a cell phone, iPod, etc. At first my relationship with technology was actually fairly good, I found it very interesting and wanted to learn how to use everything from how to make a power point to how to use a play station. As I got older it seemed like technology started to get harder and more difficult as technology started to develop more and become more complex. As of now, my relationship with technology has gotten worse and worse. I now find myself having a difficult time even paying things online or even doing traffic school online. Little glitches and so many options that lead to other pages have made it seem impossible to be navigated to where I need to be. In the article, Williams explains and goes into detail on how most technologies today do not accomidate everyone in the audience that uses technology. For example, he talks about those who are visibly impaired or have hearing issues. These are big issues that may prevent certain people from being able to utilize technology to the best ability. I honestly feel that it would be impossible to accomidate every disability that each individual has but we can continue to try and research more ways that every one would be able to utilize the benefits of technology in this day and age.

1 Comment

  1. I like your story about your experience with technology. It shows how much technology has advanced in the last 15 years. Like you said, as a kid you were very much technologically inclined, and intrigued by technology. Now that technology has advanced and gotten so much more of an everyday use for the majority of people, it has become more complicated. I like the point you brought up about how you can’t even pay a bill online, or do traffic school, without getting lost and confused. This is completely ok, and you shouldn’t feel bad about it. Their are tons and tons of ads, pop-ups, dead links, spam, etc.. all around the web, that it really is difficult to do what it is that you actually wanted to do.

    Also, your part about disabilities in William’s paper, is interesting. I feel the same way when it comes to this because it virtually is impossible to accommodate technology, to all the people with disabilities. Visually impaired people would not be able to view a computer screen. Hearing impaired people wouldn’t be able to listen to anything being played on the radio, or computer. Sure, there may be braille language, subtitles, and things of that sort, but it never will give them the same experience as other people get.

    GREAT JOB!!!

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