Didja ever notice, in this swinging Information Age of ours, that each time you’re compelled to communicate in a slightly different form than that to which you’ve grown accustomed (e.g., iPhones, PDAs, Facebook) you have to learn how to cry/crawl/toddle/walk/run all over again? Kinda defeats the need and desire for immediate, concise communication, don’tcha think? Me too.
Take this blog. Please.
Because if I have to learn one more line of ASCII characters, HTML code, or cPanel jargon, I will never actually communicate — talk/ write/ gesture — again. All we do is read manuals, watch tutorial videos, and email the computer gurus in our lives whose sad lot it is to hoist us out of whatever learning-curve quagmire we’ve fallen into face-first after misunderstanding what we’ve read /watched/ been told.[audio:failure-to-communicate-boss1.mp3]
Now I know why the Yellow Pages are crammed to overflowing with web site design businesses. It’s ’cause everyone wants a web site, but no one has the time to learn how to build one. These designers are the first to say, “All this code stuff is easy. Anyone can do it!” So you take their word and you look at the code and a half-hour later you’re still looking at the code and then you suddenly channel your kindergarten Reading class when first you cracked a Fun With Dick and Jane text and start weeping & shaking the same way you did all those happy, care-free years ago until your teacher got disgusted & sent your crying a$$ out in the hall.
Communication in corrections is a lot different. More stable. Traditional, if you will. The librarian’s communications arsenal consists of an impressive contemporary array of techno-wonders, including:
1 A corded land line
2 A battery-operated two-way radio secured to their person from a belt clip
3 A ‘panic button’ alarm, either mounted to the librarian’s desk or to the wall behind the office chair
4 A God-given ability to yell, scream, or holler
Recently, corrections has made communications advances that have launched all Departments into the latter half of the 20th century. These include:
1 An email system for staff to annoy each other with
2 Voicemail (in case email isn’t annoying enough); and
3 A severely-filtered internet portal, allowing librarians the whole of the commercial web at their fingertips, provided that the web they use is limited to certain government home pages, the Google search engine, and Wikipedia. This is because Security Comes First.
I’d tell you more about communications technology in the prison library, but I have to go watch a WordPress video on how to save this blog entry.[audio:an-extremely-good-example-of-2-way-communication.mp3]