In a recent episode of Young Apprentice, Lord Sugar convened the teams of hopeful apprentices and proceed to set his weekly task. However, this week there was a twist, as Lord Sugar banned his young apprentices from using the internet, which he likened to “cutting off oxygen” from today’s young people.
I understood this as a device to see how the young apprentices were able to adapt to challenging circumstances. Fair enough, I thought. But many of my adult friends found it hilarious to see how the youngsters struggled to complete their tasks wading through fat Yellow Pages without access to the almighty Google on the go.
“Look how they can’t even……” “They’re lost without….” Chortle. Chortle. Fill in the gaps with your favourite generational put down. It appears each generation finds the next’s dependence on the newest technologies something abhorrent which must somehow be cautioned against and avoided at all costs. This is the curse of technology.
Douglas Adams describes this eloquently:
…anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
Perhaps we should see how my friends fare if we ban the technologies they are used to… just for the giggles. See how they communicate without a telephone, or how they take their children to school and get to work without a car or, gasp! entertain themselves in the evenings without television. It would give rise to all sorts of hilarious mishaps. How funny.
What my friends don’t realise is that, just like cars or the telephone, the internet isn’t going anywhere – it’s here to stay – and they’ll just have to live with it.
Just a thought.
What do you think?
Many thanks to Roony for the Mummy photo.