on that note
By Gordon Ah Tye, FAHRA
The younger generation is so immersed
in communication and computer technology. The almost inherent knowledge
of how things connect is what they were
raised on, so it is second nature to them.
It is uncanny when our kids are navigating these network byways. I watch them
fearlessly hunt and peck, dive in and out
of programs, and easily go back to start if
they can’t figure it out.
I recently had a conversation with a
young friend who is not a computer programmer or engineer. He is just . . . young.
I had purchased a new TV—a “smart”
one that uses the Internet to automatically stream movies. Don’t ask me how
that all works. I am just told you need this
stuff, and that a smart TV is great. I have
had the TV for three weeks now and one
thing is for sure. A smart TV is only as
smart as its owner.
Three kids have now told me it’s really
simple to connect this TV to the Internet. I just nod and respond, “Yes, I just
haven’t had time to get to it.” The truth is,
I have spent hours poring through the
operating manual and have attempted
eight times to connect my new TV to the
wireless modem. One time I managed to
totally shut the TV down and could not
get picture or sound. It took me a day and
a half to get it back to normal.
So the way I see it, our younger gen-
eration has an advantage. When I ask a
dumb question and I’m with my kids, I
don’t even think about what the answer
might be. Next thing you know, my son
is trolling search engines and telling me
the age and full names of each member
of KISS. I suppose I’m a bit old school
and tend to think that it’s normal not to
know everything about everything.
Before you even think of pushing
yourself to a new brink of discovery with
the latest in high tech, pause and think
about it. There is so much information
available and being shared, it’s overwhelming. Do you Google Do you
Face-book, get LinkedIn, or Tweet (Where’s
MySpace?) Do you have 500 channels
on your TV to choose from and still find
nothing that really interests you? Have
you DVR’d 50 shows that you plan to
look at “later”?
One of my daily challenges is to sim-
ply get through my email. Often, re-
sponses are complex and require some
research and time. It can be arduous.
My only regret about taking a week off
is knowing that I will have hundreds of
emails to get through when I’m back. It
can take me several days to prepare, then
nearly a week to catch up, on my email
when I return. And I refuse to look at
email when taking time off because it is
so important to separate from work dur-
ing this time. Truly separate.
Gordon Ah Tye, FAHRA is director of imaging and
radiation oncology services for Kaweah Delta Health
Care District in Visalia, CA. He holds a bachelor’s
degree in biological sciences from California State
University in Fresno. Gordon is a past president of
AHRA, received the AHRA Gold Award in 2001, and
received the 2006 Minnie for Most Effective Radiology
Administrator of the year. He may be contacted at