As a person that grew up with the Internet, my future career and outlook in life seems to center around technology, this seems to be attributed to my interaction with computer from a relatively early age. Since middle school, I have always been in touch with technology. Initially I used it to complete school assignments but as I discovered more facades of the internet I began to use it every day. I watch tutorials on how to skateboard as well as read Japanese comics on the internet as well. Since my family has a conservative ideology on spending for new technology, I became in charge of fixing computers we have in the house. This really piqued my interest for discovering how a computer really works outside of just using internet browser. I started to search on-line forums to solve specific problems our computers encounter and in the posts, the experts often posts insights on how and why the problem came to surface. Things like how to reset the IP Address of the computer and how to restore the operating system to times before it got infected with viruses taught me about internet protocols and system internals. These little insights builds up to a somewhat core of understanding about them that I wanted to pursue a professional career out of computers. This core knowledge would not have happened if my family didn’t have a computer or a connection to the internet, an advantage that is not shared by everyone.
As tech-savvy as I am, I grew up in a culture where long use of technology is scorned by my parents. Even though they both have computer science backgrounds, they thought that kids shouldn’t be glued in front of a screen. I remember distinctly having a heated argument with my mother about playing games and I remember her being very unreasonable. Why couldn’t I? I’m not doing bad things, I’m not out drinking. I’m not out smoking. In the end I obeyed my mother and spend my additional time playing outside or reading. I bring this up because I spoke with a friend of mine and while discussing video games when we were little I told him my relationship with it when I was a kid. He points out that he has the opposite case, his mother worked hard to get him and his brother videogames so that they will stay inside. She did it because out there, was gang violence. Grand Theft Auto is a game on the Xbox, Grand Theft Auto is also what’s happening outside. Before speaking with this friend, I had no idea that there was a world like that and it made me more cautious when making generalizations about “nerds” or “geeks.” There are a plethora of perspectives on the internet; on the other side of the Window(s), real people are interacting with the web in different ways. I think it’s important to seek out those voices and listen to what they have to say. The internet shouldn’t just be a bubble where you view only the things you like or things that you are familiar with, it should be a place to learn and speak with people from different backgrounds. It should be a place to gain knowledge about what is going on from the rest of the world.