Program Or Be Programmed
The real question is, do we direct technology, or do we let ourselves be directed by it and those who have mastered it? “Choose the former,” writes Rushkoff, “and you gain access to the control panel of civilization. Choose the latter, and it could be the last real choice you get to make.”... Rushkoff picks up where Marshall McLuhan left off, helping readers come to recognize programming as the new literacy of the digital age (Digital Literacy)––and as a template through which to see beyond social conventions and power structures that have vexed us for centuries. Don't be an NPC!
esp relevant as we join Real World Game-s.
Betsy Masiello thinks everyone should also learn the architecture of the Internet. To appreciate the mechanisms through which information can be exchanged and manipulated is to appreciate the mechanisms through which people are able to organize and communicate. To appreciate the processes through which technical standards are agreed upon is not unlike appreciating the processes through which laws and regulations are agreed upon. We teach all high school students how a bill becomes a law. Why don’t we teach them how a packet becomes an email?