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I.T. Begins Now

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Used to be, technology and culture wouldn't be seen with each other.

Consider a big broadcast television network, like CBS. For years, it was a pretty low-tech, low-brow operation -- over-the-air signal to your TV. Ed Sullivan and game shows. Culture was opera; it looked down on the "idiot box." End of story.

But now, CBS is sending video sports highlights to your smart phone. It's putting clips from "CSI: Miami" on YouTube. It has created whole story arcs for its TV shows that can be seen only on the Internet. Oh, yeah: CBS still has television shows, which now come over-the-air in digital high-definition or via cable and satellite.

Today, pop culture is the culture; it cannot survive without technology.

And that's the beginning of our story.

Welcome to Post I.T., a blog by the technology and media staff of the Business section of The Washington Post.

I'm Frank Ahrens. I'll be writing daily.

You'll also be hearing from assistant technology editor Sam Diaz, as well as tech reporters Sara Kehaulani Goo, Mike Musgrove, Yuki Noguchi, Alan Sipress and who knows who else eventually. Each reporter has their own beats, and their own voice, and each will bring you dispatches and smart takes from the intersection of technology and culture.

Today, we're all techies, even if we consider ourselves Luddites. Even if you take pride in not having cable TV (which, by the way, I don't understand, especially if you're a journalist, but that's a conversation for another day), I bet you have a cell phone or a BlackBerry. Or both. Even if you can't figure out how to put toner in the office copier, you might be a whiz at programming your TiVo. Even if you have only a clock radio in your bedroom, I bet you noticed the satellite radio in your last rental car or bought your kid an iPod.

The point is, this century is all about the Great Interface.

This blog will not only examine how hardware interfaces with software, but more importantly, how the whole shebang interfaces with wetware -- our brains. We invent technology. In turn, it changes us, in ways both gross and subtle. Fewer things are more fascinating -- and befuddling and overwhelming and even scary - than the collision of humans and technology.

Which is why you need a User's Guide to the 21st Century.

Here, you will find news and analysis, guidance and refuge, provocation and challenge.
When you're talking about us to your friends, you can call us Post I.T.

But we like nicknames. Better yet, nicknames of nicknames. So you can call us the User's Guide. Or the YouGee, or just Ugi. Work with us. To make this thing fly, we'll need your input - your comments, your complaints, your observations. Tell us some stories about You v. Technology.

Want to stay smart? Amaze and astound your friends? Get better-looking and thinner?

Well, you're on your own on that last one. For the rest, check in here several times a day. You won't want to miss I.T.

-- Frank Ahrens

By Frank Ahrens  |  October 19, 2006; 5:00 AM ET  | Category:  About This Blog , Frank Ahrens
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Nice concept for a blog ... when will you finish the intros and talk I.T.?

My question(s): Why is Apple getting a Windows Virus on their video iPods? Doesn't their operating system have the capabilities necessary for their hardware?

Posted by: Am I First ? | October 19, 2006 7:51 AM

First complaint:
Why is it that non-tech blogs on WashingtonPost.com, like "The Checkout" and "Bench Conference" have full entries in their RSS feeds, but the ones related to technology, like this one and Security Fix, only have excerpts???
Please, if you want me to read your content, post full entries in the RSS feed. Otherwise, it's useless to me.

Posted by: Brian D. | October 19, 2006 8:49 AM

I don't get it.

Posted by: Ludditte | October 19, 2006 9:01 AM

"Technology and Culture, From the Trenches" has been the theme of kuro5hin.org for several years now.

Posted by: wiredog | October 19, 2006 9:39 AM

I'll be following this blog as I am focusing on IT and Education for my PhD.
Bring it on!

Posted by: Inayah | October 19, 2006 12:42 PM

Where can I find a filter for my mother's pc that is magnified, so her 80 year old eyes has less trouble making out the information on her screen?

Posted by: Joe | October 19, 2006 7:54 PM

Why isn't Rob Pegararo writing for this blog? He does an outstanding job of this exact sort of thing, at the interface bet. us & technology.

Posted by: Paul Johnston | October 23, 2006 10:23 AM

This is great. Are you listed on Technorati so I can favorite you there?

Posted by: reine de saba | October 23, 2006 1:10 PM

Hi, Joe:
A couple clicks around Google and up popped devices such as these:

http://www.sspdirect.com/BigShot_Screen_Magnifier.htm

Looks like they all run about $100.

Posted by: Frank Ahrens | October 23, 2006 3:56 PM

Frank, this "Post IT" blog is a great idea! I saw the Post IT "ad" in yesterday's Post. And so now I'm totally naked to the world of blogs. I know nothing about them and how they work and how you use them. Where can I find more general info about blogs? For example, I see "permalink" at the bottom of many blog entries. What's that mean? And please don't embarrass me by starting your answer with "Well, duh!?"

Posted by: BruceB | October 28, 2006 8:49 PM

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