A Finland Swede in Bavaria

Monday, 16 March 2009

A digital native (and my first Nokia)

Ola Ahlvarsson, the founder of SIME (a yearly Interactive Media Event in Stockholm) last week came with the best description I've ever heard of a digital native.

We, born before Internet and mobile phones, are digital immigrants. Natives are people, whose first Nokia (ok, I admit, this may be a bit too Finland specific) was not a pair of rubber boots, nor like in my case, an orange swimming ring. They think and talk differently. For example, they just say "camera", not "digital camera". For natives, there are heaps of things that are self evident, that puzzle the immigrants.

The digital native in Ola's true story is a little girl of about 3-4 years (as old as I am in the picture with the swimming ring). The girl has a father who constantly makes tricks and fun. Normally, the girl likes the jokes of the father, but once, in the countryside with Grandma and Grandpa, the father went too far. The girl ran crying to Grandma and explained how Dad had teased her: He had tied the phone into the wall!


My first Nokia, in the summer of 1967. The thing was analog, inflated, orange and taught me how to swim.

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