Helen Labun Jordan recalls that when
she was a kid, everyone had the same short list of radio stations to
listen to, and watched the three TV networks, or PBS, in prime time.
Now, there are limitless choices – and some people are wondering whether
that’s the end of shared popular culture.
New technologies are replacing some basic skills, like how to use
a fax machine or keep a record player from skipping. As Helen Labun Jordan watches her ability to do
things like write cursive fall out of fashion, she’s also noticing how
these changes force us to re-examine what underlying value old skills
Helen Labun Jordan
has gotten used to ideas that are more about the future than the past.
And lately, she’s been contemplating the future of cooking, and what new
technologies may soon be arriving in our kitchens.
In her work at e-Vermont, Helen Labun Jordan reads and
writes quite a bit, but recently she decided to pursue a writing degree –
and while she’s enjoying the experience, it’s made her start to wonder
about the future of hobbies.
Everyone who uses the Internet has their pet peeves about websites – like graphics that don’t work on slow connections, or text that gets jumbled if you use the wrong browser. Helen
thinks it’s time to take these grievances more seriously.
When social networks are something you have online, and side-by-side texting replaces conversation, it seems as if there’s little hope for personal communications in the modern age. But Commentator Helen Labun Jordan has a more optimistic perspective.