I haven’t been paying any attention to the news for months now. At least I haven’t payed attention to anything outside of science and tech lately. It’s too bad that there aren’t any news channels that really devout any of their schedule to talking about science news. As popular as Anthony Bourdain’s international travel and food shows are on CNN, I really think there would be an audience for these such shows. As it is I get most of my news online anymore. I even get my local news online now. If I can keep the internet going and my computers don’t crash, I can stay well connected and I don’t even have to leave my living room. I’m doing a job (or at least a public service) and I’m wearing gym shorts and no shoes right now. Good luck trying to do volunteer service around your community without putting on pants or shoes 🙂
I enjoy tech and science. I always have. My brother and I used to take apart some of my dad’s old electronics equipment just to see how they were put together. Since my dad has been a ham radio operator for years (my brother and I have our ham radio licenses too), he always had some pieces of equipment with circuit boards and wires we could take apart and see if we could put them back together again. My parents gave us lots of building toys and brain builders every Christmas. Seems like we could always count on getting Lego sets or brain games or books for Christmas and birthdays. I suppose I just took having medical professionals for parents that really made learning fun and stressed the importance of doing well in school for granted. It wasn’t until I was in college did I realize just how rare having books and enrichment games at home really was.
If there is any point to my previous two paragraphs, it is that we get what we reward. My parents and my friends’ parents rewarded creativity and intelligence. It really helped me in college when I had an academic scholarship that paid for half of my college expenses. I don’t think there were any people in my high school class that got any athletic scholarships to college. Unfortunately too many people, at least in my country, think that their tickets out of the slums or dying rural towns are through athletics or being entertainers. Sure mediums like youtube have made it possible for people to make middle class wages with a decent following. But even the ones making middle class income are few and far between out of the millions of producers on youtube. In short, we don’t need armies of youtube comedians or singers, but we can definitely use more scientists and engineers.