28 feb. 2011

Digital Natives

A lot of the internet is text anyway, so you really have to be able to read text very, very well to be a good digital native. The digital environment privileges ease of use (laziness) so that the typical native goes to the easiest source possible first, usually Wikipedia. I even see this laziness in myself when I'm searching fast for information. The quickest route is the route given to you by the system. So the digital native is better at being lazy: this fact alone negates any advantage the young internet user has over Grandpa "Doesn't-Know-How-To-Use-a-Computer." In other words, it is not a system designed to reward skill.

So the most adept internet user is someone who can search as fast as any idiot, but is not herself an idiot.