Black Star Girl



Communication and Technology

Posted by Marva L. Stith on July 25, 2011 at 11:04 PM

I pride myself on being 'with it', technology that is. After all, my laptop and I have a serious relationship. The Internet pleasantly and productively consumes my time.  I email for personal outreach and response, and for business. Facebook is my friend. I enjoy the fabulous opportunity of being in touch with family and friends out of sight tho' not out of mind.  And what could be more joyful than unexpectedly hearing from someone,  once a wonderful part of a life long past.

For me, Twitter didn't last much more than a couple years . . . it was a puzzle. Writing succinctly I was supposed to follow folks; folks were supposed to follow me. I didn't know how to encourage that. Worse, when a person would log on to follow me, a perfect stranger, I wondered why. What a responsibility! What agony, as I worried about my words/thoughts meeting their expectations. I cancelled my Twitter account.

Reading, however, since childhood has been a cherished habit of mine. For sure I'm thrilled to have written a book that is in my library. The importance of encouraging children to read must not get lost in the midst of technological innovations. Reading is the strongest foundation for fostering imagination.  And imagination is what brings progress into our world. I love settling in with a good book, still I was disappointed to learn Black Star Girl was not easily available as an E-Book.  Finally, though, I downloaded it to my computer and then to my Nook. As my daughter said, "It's really cool, Mom."

Yes, after all is said and done, communication technology is cool.

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