Jeff Tillinghast on Speaking the Two Languages of Technology

JEFF TILLINGHAST: Speaking the Two Languages of Technology. “What is surprising, though, is how many people have an imbalance between their levels of comfort with general and discipline-specific technology. Furthermore, both of these categories are essential to our trade, but while we categorize them all as “technology” I find that many users have a subconscious preference for one over the other that reflects their own “tech comfort level.” Some users are highly comfortable working online and have their smartphones or tablets completely dialed in to their organizational and communication needs, but have never used a notation program or have never worked with a MIDI device. These users often have a high level of comfort with technology from their own personal use, but there’s a huge leap in complexity from consumer-oriented devices to a complex notation program.

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