While reading Hayles, the same kinds of concepts were reinforced that we studied at the beginning of the semester. Hayles is obviously for Digital Media and supports her claims with scientific evidence but also experiences that are relateable by readers. Specifically I enjoyed the comparison between parents and children on pages 93-94, which suggested that parents are concerned with the amount of time that their children are on the computer, however in the long run what they don’t realize is it will benefit them. Hayles states “Interactive text stimulates, at the same moment, the language centers of the brain and other cortical functions not usually mobilized in conventional print reading, including fine motor movements, involved in controlling the mouse, keyboard or joystick, haptic feedback through the hands and fingers, and complex hand eye coordination in a real-time dynamic environment”(Hayles, 93). Hayles goes on to suggest that children who engage in computer activity at a young age, affects the neurological structures of the brain differently than those who have not had experience with the computer at an early age. She goes on to further suggest that studies indicate that children who have had this experience including long hours on the computer show “different cognitive styles” than their parents who have experience with mostly print (Hayles, 93). Hayles brings up a good point when she suggests that young children become more familiar with computers and have a complex understanding of the computer and the way that it works. In fact they often have an easier time than the older generations (Hayles, 94).
I really related to this idea because I can remember in elementary, middle and high school taking computer classes that would teach different things to do on the computer. My parents had no experience in school with computers and often reference that the only thing close to a computer that they had experience with was a type writer, which in no way is similar to a computer. In addition, I find that I know way more about computers and programs on computers than my parents do because they are on the computer for email or search Google quickly and then there off, while I read on the computer and search databases and many different complex tasks that would blow their mind. I think Hayles is moving in the direction of a digital media age and supports this shift. Technology is the way of the future, it seems as though she encourages individuals to join the cause and accept this idea instead of throwing it out the window. Hayles also suggests that in today’s society adolescents prefer internet, and mp 3 data instead of reading books. I also agree with this idea, however I think that more and more individuals are reading books just not in print, they are engaging in reading through kindles or online, which is the way of the future.