Views on PC usefulness in 1979, no 2 of 3


Found on our attic, partly eaten away by bookworms (!!?): three drawings called “Computer Myths Explained“, of a series of 8, I bought from Creative Computing in 1979, by the famous Monte Wolverton, see Wikipedia and his website:

This is no.2 : Myth = Home Computers are useless and boring

” If Home Computers (now called PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones) Really cant’t do Practical things, like washing the dishes, vacuuming the carpets and doing the laundry, then they are poor investment for the average person, except for maybe an occasional game of pong, which will quickly become a bore. ”

Things in the home have indeed not become easiers with pc’s  but now most of our family members uses several computers so intensive that it looks as if they are addicted. And the number of users is huge. For instance take a look at the “Facebook Community”, which has more inhabitants than the Republic of China.

Facebook community

Key is that the computers are interconnected by ethernet and/or Wi-Fi and that they are connected on the internet by ADSL, Cablemodems or FttH. And that the users have somthing to talk about or exchange. Communication and group membership, and collaboration , see my 4 network effects blog, are the driving force for the global computer networks for billions of people.

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

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