Today we talked with T is for Training regular, Tom Haymes, about his book, Discovering Digital Humanity: A Practical Guide to Creativity and Innovation in the Digital Age or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Technology (2022). Also on the call were Maurice Coleman, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Henry Mensch, and Paul Signorelli.
We spent an hour talking about print books, ebooks, radio, television, printing presses, and so much more. Impossible to capture notes, so listen to the episode on TalkShoe or wherever you get your podcasts.
There is no denying that we’re experiencing an unprecedented rate of technological change. This change has resulted in everything moving faster and in a more distributed fashion. Societies, organizations and individuals are struggling to find new equilibria. The missing element is how we fit into the picture. Breathless pronouncements of how technology will change the world focus too much on the technology and not enough on how humans can develop skillsets to help them navigate rapid changes in communication and computation. What we discover time and time again is that there’s really nothing new under the sun. Humans will use technology to fight, to love, to create, and to explore. Discovering Digital Humanity is designed to be a practical guide for organizations, teachers, leaders, and learners to think and rethink how they are using digital tools to achieve positive and profitable outcomes.
Tom’s book is published by ATBOSH Media and available through, Amazon (paid link) and other booksellers. Also check WorldCat to see if you can borrow it from your local library.
On Tom’s website, he is currently talking about 25 Books Every Technologist Should Read, which he mentioned during our discussion.