I can convincingly make a few notable observations and comparison of things in today’s world, with the 30th anniversary of the Ghostbusters movie.
In the film, almost all of the non-scientist people were extremely wary of interacting with three strangely attired scientists, called Ghostbusters, who were wearing repairman-like uniforms and holding futuristic, scary-looking things. In the early 1980s, the scientists, named Egon, Ray, and Peter, worked in a Department of Psychology, located at a fictional university building named Weaver Hall, on the upper west side of campus at Columbia University, in New York City.
These men, called themselves the Ghostbusters, and were eccentric, paranormal scientists who donned funny looking goggles, and readied themselves available, carrying quite a few lighted up computer and laser type devices, to capture ghosts and secure the entities into various containment units. Fast forward, it is now 30 years later, and their type of eyewear and gear might be seen as a predecessor to the wearable computers of today like Google Glass and various hand-held type tablet devices.
Remember too, the Ghostbusters weren’t actually recognized as heroes at first, but mainly misunderstood, ridiculed, taunted, and even jailed for causing disruption by their appearance and opinion. However, in the end, they were justly rewarded for saving New York from ghosts.
I propose, the ghosts of the past that they fought, might in fact represent the fears about the new disruptive technologies of today’s digital society.
Is innovation on trial, too?
New graduates will need to embrace this disruption, and lean in to meet the challenges that come with the increasing speed technologies have today, like no other generation has quite encountered before. There is a significant opportunity to welcome this transformational awareness; to look at things in the 21st century modern age, with open eyes, with open views and with open minds.
Another way of understanding it is also being more fully mindful of the terminology that is often used with new technology. More than likely, educators know how vital it is to teach key words, idioms, figures of speech, and expressions from the past to the present day students. According to John Algeo, author of Fifty Years among the New Words: A Dictionary of Neologism, there are six basic etymological sources for the making of new words: creating, borrowing, combing, shortening, blending, and shifting.