QCQ 6 – Lessig

Quotation (with page number or parag number or time stamp if video/audio)

“But rather than gathering on the front lawn, they now do it with digital technologies, sharing creativity with others around the world.” Page 159, Paragraph 2.

Comment (250-500 words)

I chose this quote to discuss because I feel it encapsulates the idea of the whole article very well. A large part of accepting new technologies is adapting old activities to fit in with modern times. I think the idea that digital technologies are allowing kids today to share creativity with anyone around the world is really interesting. It can be beneficial because instead of only interacting with kids in their neighborhood like in 1906 when John Philip Sousa said that phonographs would ruin it, kids can talk to anyone, anywhere. It’s obvious to me that phonographs did not ruin the gathering children “singing the songs of the day”, only made it better. Children are resilient and although they may love the digital technology they’re growing up with, they still interact and play with one another like it never existed. When I was little, even though my parents had phones and many other forms of digital communication, I would knock on my neighbor’s door every day of the summer to see if they could come out to play. As a babysitter, I saw the kids I watch do the same thing. They could have me or their parents text the neighbor, but something about knocking on the door and the anticipation of seeing your friends is unmatched.


How can we keep the nostalgia of a time without technology while accepting all the good technology does for us today?