Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Us versus the 'Dora' Generation

Perhaps, we're lucky to have an even luckier brood.

Today's kids have technology in the palm of their hands. Back in the early '90's, we only had the 'almighty' television and the trusty radio to turn to when we're bored. We've heard of the Internet, all right, but the 'Sesame Street' generation wasn't able to utilize the world wide web's full potential until its boom towards the end of the 20th century. Nowadays, children are born straight into the inimitable grip of YouTube, MySpace and Wikipedia. Unlike them, we didn't have access to a much broader understanding of the world at the click of the mouse in kindergarten.

I have a three-year-old who could take impeccable pictures with a digicam, and I know a lot of toddlers who can tinker with their parents' PDA's. Some may think it's unfair that we never had the same kind of liberty. Nontheless, I'm always fascinated when I wonder how William Shakespeare would've written Romeo and Juliet if mobile phones and SMS (short message service) already existed in his time. If Friar Laurence was able to send Romeo Montague a text message saying ''Juliet's supposed death is a bluff. Thou shall meet her at the Capulet tomb in Verona so the two of of you can escape to Mantua, post-haste, and live in peace," would the star-crossed lovers' fate still end in tragedy?

In the 1980's, Nintendo dominated the gaming scene with the Game & Watch and the Family Computer. Then came another cynosure in the in early '90's called the Super Family Computer or SNES, which is a mere upgraded version of the first Famicom. Alongside these gadgets' popularity, the Game Boy and a couple of others stepped in. The Generation X's contraptions were superb, without a doubt, until the Sony Play Station series entered the scene, making the pioneer video-games pale in comparison. This is where web plays another crucial role to the 'Dora' generation's advantage (and ours as well). In the past, you had to shell out money for the games, now, you can download the latest version of the SIMS from the net. What more can technological evolution do in the future that could render my era less cool?


3 comments:

Momachie said...

Hi kate! It's sad that Sesame Street is not shown on local tv anymore. I buy Dvds of SS for my son instead. The program helps with the development of the child.

Kate said...

It does, Ench. I wish they'd bring the show back. I feel like the little ones are missing out on one of the funnest ways to learn.

ria said...

Youre right, its a digital world out there now. We own 8 computers and theres only 5 of us (including the baby)! My kids dont know how lucky they are, though I always remind them that when I was growing up I always wanted a ghetoblaster but never got one... when I suggested to my daughter if she would like one... she just snubbed it and said.. Id rather have an i pod mommy. Grrr ungrateful so and so...