Geek-Speak or Elitism?
The gist was that Udell was supposedly talking to folks with a minimal amount of tech savvy, but still using the “geek-speak” of a seasoned pro.
My reply (#10), though slightly off topic, addressed this, and I’m curious as to your thoughts? I’ve posted my reply below, as well.
Do “geeks” use a specialized lingo out of convenience, or arrogance?
Let me know what you think…
Here were my thoughts:
The heart may be in the right place, but the mouth is way off.
The tech-savvy (geeks if you like) are either already blogging, or will do an on-line search for a “how-to” because…well, that’s what we do.
However, if my mother-in-law wants to start a blog, and reads a line like:
“But none of this is apparent to most people and, if it requires them to write semantic CSS tags in XHTML using emacs, it never will become apparent.”
…she’s going straight back to Free Cell.If the idea is to broaden the horizons and widen the gate on technologies like blogging, then it’s time to stop preaching to the choir, and use some simple, straightforward language.But, if we do this…if we stop using the latest inside jargon and acronyms, wither goes our sense of technological elitism?
What keeps the geeks “cool” if anyone can understand us?