A lovely bit of cabin fever


The questions that had similar answers were the ones that required the interviewee to analysis human interactions involving the Digital Matrix. When I asked my parents if the digital matrix is capable of bringing out people’s personality they both replied with similar answers. A basic translation of what my Father had said is: That when people use the Digital Matrix, especially when interacting with the internet, people create a new personality, a Mr. Hyde to their Dr. Jekyll, which better suits the situation. The Digital Matrix is the modern equivalent of the Wild West; people if a dark past would leave their home to start a new life, become the new sheriff and save the town. My Mother responded that friendships that are formed and bolstered only by the usage of Digital Matrix are artificial relationships. While speaking to someone face to face one is able to see all the small body motion and tale tell sings that exposes their true personality. However, on the Digital Matrix people are able to hide behind typed words.

The most enjoyable aspect of interviewing a person who is older and has a vaster knowledge than myself or other people my age is the insightful answers they give to any question that is asked of them. For instance, when I asked my Father to compare and contrast reading books to getting involved in the digital matrix he supplied me with the answer by stating “books have limited information, are not interactive, and it is only possible to read a head or read back. However, in the Digital Matrix, especially when playing video games, there is a constant flow of information that triggers the right side of the brain. When playing video games there is a constant notion of a primeval fear and excitement from not knowing what will pop up next. While books are able to be unexpected and eerie they are not able to capture the sensation of true “danger”. My Father, who is usually indifferent to video games, was able to give a deep and accurate answer based on prior knowledge that he gained through time. I find interviewing adults a more fruitful and plentiful then interviewing my peers because they have experience and worldly knowledge that can only be gained by time.

My parents are on equal grounds concerning their opinion of the Digital Matrix. Based on their life experience both my parents view the Digital Matrix as a tool to further progress in one’s profession. Both my parents had seen computers progress and how they affected the efficiency of people’s work. By seeing the evolution of computers effect on work my parents learned how to better adapt to the digital matrix to further their success. I believe that their past experiences have positively skewed their view of the digital matrix.


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