When I was young I watched the first man land on the moon from our state of the art colour TV. There were just 3 channels to watch. Computers were mainframes taking up entire buildings.
By the time I was 18, us Baby Boomers were told by our older generations how lucky were, how the world would be so different if they hadn’t sacrificed everything for the common good. We should get a job and go to work, never mind bettering ourselves and going to University. We had to fight to be heard, fight to be taken seriously, fight to be valued. It seems to be the natural order of things.
The difference today is that we all have a platform to shout on. Millennials have the advantage of familiarity with technology more than my generation. Don’t write us all off though, some of us embraced the new opportunities.
In work situations, those people in power have their own problems. Their bosses hand them targets that are often unattainable. Making change is difficult when systems are inflexible. I used to manage a café. I wanted to make changes to improve the quality of our food. It wasn’t allowed because all cafés in the chain have to provide the same experience. Other cafés had different problems to mine and couldn’t work the way I wanted too. Sometimes you just have to be a cog in a machine. That has been a frustration since the industrial revolution. Things will keep moving forward. It just takes time and patience.
Personally, I love the technology we have. I’m sitting here, having breakfast, writing a response to you, thousands of miles away, on my smart phone. It could be read by hundreds of people. When I left home, we had only just had a phone installed, a totally new experience.
Technology enables my photography from the camera, through post-production to the final print. I can control every stage and that’s miraculous. I can’t wait to see what the next technological step change is.
There have always been and will always be fixed thinkers and people who don’t like change in every generation. You just have to be patient and wait for the world to catch up.
We all need to learn to use this technology and see both it’s flaws and advantages. Now, more than ever, you can’t believe everything you read. Opinion is swayed to those who make the most noise. People want to be heard and often publish contrarian views just to get eyes. Do that often enough and you skew the facts.
We are all in the same boat, let’s pull together.