Sunday, December 18, 2016

Axiom 91: Learn to be Analog & Digital

I was born in 1980 into an interesting generation. I was born into an analog world and watched it change into a digital world during my prime mental development years as a youth.

I watched as the old ways died. Rotary phones, televisions with rabbit ears, cassette tapes, paying with cash, handwritten letters, getting the newspaper delivered, and other antiqued transmissions were replaced by cell phones, digital television, music streaming, debit cards, emails, and internet news among other things.

The speed of information and technology was completely transformed before my young eyes. Now I watch as the generation after me cannot grasp the concept of what an analog world looked like and the generation before me struggles to find comfort in having to do everything the "digital" way.

It is important to know that no matter what generation you belong to there is no right or wrong way in doing things the "old" way or the "new" way. Each way has its own advantages and disadvantages. Don't assume that just because it is the habit from a different generation that it is necessarily wrong or right. Speaking as someone from both the analog and digital world there is value in every way of doing something.

A record can sound as good as a lossless digital audio file. A handwritten letter can be as important and meaningful as any email. Don't forget the value in doing things the way another generation does them.