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November 04, 2005

"Mulatting"

Michael Mandel

I asked my teenage daughter about her relationship with technology, and here's what she wrote (almost edit free):

My dad suggested I write about networking, but I’m not going to do what he told me. That would be too easy. I will instead talk about what I like to call “mulatting”. This, of course, stands for multiple chatting, or whenever I am using more than two types of technological communication at one time. I do this whenever I happen to finish my homework early or am taking a long, extended “break” from my homework aka now. I like to count different forms of Internet communication as separate types. In this way, I can get up to six types, if I’m feeling up to it. My favorite methods are AIM, AOL/email, AOL video messaging, speakerphone three ways, myspaces (sort of like a blog), and cell phones on occasion (even though I don’t have one, ahem). I’m almost always connected to my friends in one way or another. It’s a really easy way to stay in touch with people I see everyday, or people I only see every few months, like my camp friend from Massachusetts (snaps for Leah). Just being online makes me feel like I’m connected to the world in some way I can’t explain.

She lives in such a different world than I did.

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This is nothing short of continued evolution of the human species, into beings of higher intelligence. Evolution has not stopped, it has in fact speeded up.

Read Ray Kurzweil's 'The Singularity is Near' if you have not already..

Posted by: Kartik at November 4, 2005 06:56 PM

My daughter is very happy to hear that she is a highly evolved being.

Posted by: Mike Mandel at November 5, 2005 08:51 AM

I'm sixty-four, hold a full-time job and consult with companies around the globe. She is describing my world. Just seeing my friends' names lit-up online and knowing they are there to chat with at any time is a comfort not unlike having my wife does her reading or chores as I work on my laptop... just knowing she's there makes the world a nicer place. So it is with knowing that friends in Russia, England, Hong Kong, Australia & Singapore are on-line and ready to chat. (None of us pays much attention to the sun anymore, we just do things as they need to be done and sleep when we can.

"Mulatting" is a pretty poor neologism and will pass away soon, but the phenomenon will just get stronger. In an odd way, as we see each other less physically we tend to bond electronically and build networks almost accidentally - and maintain them far better than we ever could in the days when maintaining a network depended solely on writing letters and making telephone calls.

Posted by: fgbouman at November 7, 2005 11:12 AM


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