Philip Greenspun, an MIT software engineer and hi-tech guru, argues in a recent blog post that “technology reduces the value of old people.” It’s not that old people don’t do technology. On the contrary, many of them are heavy users of computers and cell phones. It’s that the young won’t bother tapping the knowledge of their elders because they can get so much more, so much faster, from Wikipedia and Google.
Nostalgic postmodernism is what people feel when they lose faith in institutionalized "practices" but are uncomfortable with their own creative spontaneity…. We live on the edge of rapid change — especially since 1989 with the remarkable invention of the internet. You have been exposed to so many theories, to so many theorists arguing they have the answers — compare your experience today with that of the therapist fifty years ago who was trained in a single school and who did not log online to see an array of competing schools.