Writer and futurist Alvin Toffler wrote about the coming influence of computer technology in Third Wave, his great international bestseller from 1980. The book was about the “three waves” of the American economy: agricultural, industrial, and computerization. Each wave has impacted countries, communities and individuals in deeply profound ways.
A child of the Great Depression, my grandmother has had a front row seat to some of humanity’s most spectacular technological advances. Our economy is more computerized, information-based right now. And the way to thrive in this economy is to have the proper tools. And she is completely awe-inspired (not frightened) by an essential tool: the Internet.
My grandmother is making me proud. She’s determined to not to be one of these folks who say, “You know, I just don’t get the point of social networking sites.” She’s making it work for her, and connecting with people all over the planet.