Skills for the 21st Century

Cognitive and Literacy Skills for Success in a Fast-Paced Technological Age

Nothing’s Untouched

Posted by wrmcnutt on March 29, 2010

This weekend I went to see a friend of mine in a community theater production of “Peter Pan.” “Peter Pan”is an old story, originally published in 1904, and updated to a musical in 1954, most people have been exposed to it, either in childhood or as the parent of children.  And while it remains true the the author would easily recognize his play produced today, I think he would have been taken somewhat aback at appearance of Tinkerbell.

Back at the turn of the twentieth century, Tinkerbell was “played” by a stagehand holding a round mirror, reflecting the light from a powerful kerosene lantern.  In my own childhood, Tink was portrayed by a focused flashlight or a leco. This weekend I got a little shock when Peter flew into the Darling’s nursery accompanied by  . . .

. . . an emerald green laser pointer.  Later, when Tinkerbell is poisoned, the laser pointer turned red, and faded.

When I saw the show, I couldn’t help but think of how technological change touches all the parts of our lives, no matter how small and out-of-the way.  Can ya’ll share with us in the comments, other areas where technological change has caught you by surprise?


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