by, 05-14-2010 at 10:24 AM (902 Views)
No this isn't a post about a 12 step program!
I guess I don't understand some of my own generation and not many at all of the younger generations. When I want or have wanted to learn something or start a new endeavor, I read and studied on that subject until I was ready to puke. I'd try to get my hands on whatever and take it apart. I took a tv apart at age 10 because I wanted to check it out. (Lucky for me it went back together! My Dad had big old a$$ whippin hands!)
It would seem that nobody can be bothered to use a search feature or if they do only one combination of keywords is utilized. It would also seem from the number of recent classroom assignment posts that even those taking classes just outright refuse to do their own research. I sure wish I knew how to fix that trend. There is a real joy in learning and understanding something on multiple levels that it would seem our society is missing out on.
Another aspect to learning that I see as a waning characteristic, is experiential and experimental observation. By that I mean one sketches out what one wants to accomplish (ie cable routing, interface GUI routing, OS optimization) and then actually try the idea out. I mean right then prior to ever having to utilize it at a gig!