I've talked a lot about technology in this blog – it's both a geeky subject, and something we're all interested in and dependent on. Technology is changing fast and that changes jobs for ALL of us.
I want to address how technology is changing the nature of speculation and of failure in our careers.
For many of us progeeks and fan-to-pro types, technology is making some or all of our career ambitions easier. If you want to be a writer, you can self-publish the first edition of your novel, comic, or book. If you want to do a webcomic, the tools are there – including publicity tools. If you want recognition as a history teacher you can edit wikis, write for blogs and websites, etc. If you're a musician or an aspiring one I don't even HAVE to talk about what technology has done for you.
We all look at what technology lets us do from a positive side. I'd like to call out another advantage that the onslaught of new technologies has done for us that we may not be looking at – speculation and failure.