So… as whoever actually reads this has probably guessed, my relationship with technology is a very intense love/hate one. Meaning, I love it, but it hates me with a passion. That’s not for lack of trying, I’ll try very hard to understand technology, but it kind of just slams the door in my face and says, “Yeah. Good luck with that.” So rude. I can understand the basic functions of computers, like, ooh if I hit the “Pages” button on my computer I will be able to type stuff, or hey, if I want the internet I have the choice of Google Chrome or Safari. It makes me feel like I’m as dumb as a box of rocks, but that’s okay, because basic functions are the way to go.
I guess my experience relates to the experiences that Williams and the podcast describes because I didn’t have a lot of access to computers when I was younger. I had one desktop computer that was shared by the whole family, and hey, YOU try pushing your older brother off the computer when you want to use it. The point is, I didn’t have a whole lot of access to mess around with computers, or develop my relationship with them. The podcast and Williams talk about similar experiences in the fact that, a lot of disabled people (as Williams says) don’t have computer programs that address their disability and work around it, so that they can still use computers and share and learn new things. The podcast also talks about how a lot of women in the 80s didn’t have a lot of access to computers either, which is why there was a drop in female computer science engineers.
The issues that Williams and the podcast describe are important because, as Williams says, it’s just morally right for everyone to have equal access to computers. Also, it enables the flow of information to continue, unhindered, and for women people with disabilities to contribute whatever ideas they may have. So, as Williams says, they may contribute an idea that others would never have thought of (lie the blind woman who was able to hear and understand things that came out of her speakers at a really fast pace), thus broadening the variety of perspectives and areas of research.