The New Technology Spectrum: From Embarrassment to Pride
According to CNET News, many people are embarrassed to admit that they use dating sites, even though the numbers indicate heavy use. Many people use Wikipedia too, but a well-known researcher sheepishly admitted in an email to me that he uses it all the time for “basic science stuff”. And many people read the Dummies book series, but don’t boast about it, as I discovered in an email confession, “I hate to admit my secret: WordPress for Dummies.”
If the embarrassment end of the spectrum is the use of certain types of web sites and sources of information, then at the pride end are thin devices (yes, people still proudly display their phones and cameras), successful social networking (lots of connections and recommendations), and being invited to tape a Comedy Central segment after posting YouTube videos. Personally, I am proud to have authored a Wikipedia entry (but that might be different than using Wikipedia as a reference) and to carry a thin phone.