We’d like to introduce our new editor-at-large, Jason Takahashi. Jason will be weighing in on a variety of technologies, the experience economy and the latest trends in social happenings. We sat down to get some background info and see what he’s been up to.
TIG: Give us a brief rundown of your technology chops and how you’ve put them to use.
JT: I’ve specialized in digital content creation for both physical and virtual environments, as well as K-8 technology education. Since 2012, I have been designing and producing live video productions for concerts and festivals across the US, including an event I founded known as Earth Night. My work in live, experiential entertainment has simultaneously ridden in tandem with experiences in social media management, video editing, content publishing and web design. I currently freelance for events, artists and production companies, while also helping facilitate TechKnow, an after-school technology enrichment program offered through Denver Public Schools.
TIG: What do you make of the term “digital native”?
JT: The ‘digital native’ theme in and of itself has always been a little bit questionable to me, but I have warmed up to it after reading some of its early applications like the Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace . But I have a slightly different take on the word ‘native’. Indigenous people have a special place in my life, as many have become friends and allies over the years, and I have devoted a lot of time studying their worlds and carry much respect for their history and leaders.
Back to your question – for example, are digital natives the ones who speak and write the language, i.e. coders, engineers, etc. versus those who just inhabit the land? And are those who are not ‘natives’, but who are living and operating in the digital world, or even trying to capitalize off of it – who are they exactly? Settlers? Colonialists? Conquistadors!?!
While the Internet wasn’t being invisibly beamed across the nation when I was born, by the age of 7 or 8, I had signed my family up for America Online and quickly decided that time spent on the web was time better spent than worrying about the possible incoming phone calls.
As our indigenous ancestors and predecessors knew the lay of the land far better than any settler could, the digital natives of today have grown to see technology, the web, its software and myriad species of devices as part of daily life and evolving the global landscape.
TIG: What makes you a ‘Technology Insider’?
JT: My early career was marked by an interest in video and communication technology, highlighted by three summers of internships at Dish Network. As I wrapped up undergraduate studies, however, I developed an insatiable itch for producing live events and experiences that employed such technology for the purpose of gathering people together to experience something live, in person, and in concert with others. This led to my life as a live video designer and technician for national tours, festivals and other events; traveling coast to coast, building various LED video and projection displays. Seeking out where technology and creativity meet has provided an inside look at how so much of the magic the world enjoys comes to life.
TIG: Where is this all going?
JT: I think each day that passes makes it easier for us to agree that there seems to be few limits to what we can achieve when we actively pursue progress through technology that can uplift ourselves and the planet. Specifically, it’s hard to say, but I hope somewhere really amazing. And that’s what I’m going to be writing about!