[Wired In raw #14: Computer Kids #2]

Raw footage for "Wired In," a never completed series on the technological trends and innovations of the 1980s. In this video, we watch as children put Apple II computers to use at The Learning Circuit, a computer learning center in California. The crew also continues an interview with the manager, Professor Stuart Schweitzer. Computer kids #2.

00:00Copy video clip URL The tape begins with color bars and tone.

00:45Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of Schweitzer who talks about the intimidation many people have with computers and technology. Schweitzer states, “I think part of the intimidation comes from the fact that so many adults are what have been called “compuphobics.” They’re really scared of anything that they think of as being mathematics. The irony with that is that while computers were originally developed to do data processing, and we still refer to them as data processing systems, the world of computers is now so much broader than that, that people can relate to computers in ways that have absolutely nothing to do with arithmetic or mathematics.” He then talks about some of the newer uses of computers.

03:06Copy video clip URL Schweitzer talks about the computer business and how the current recession is effecting it. He goes on to give another introduction for the interview, explaining what the Learning Circuit is and what services they provide.

06:07Copy video clip URL The film crew gathers footage of children playing computer games. This lasts for several minutes.

14:09Copy video clip URL The filmmakers ask the children about computers, specifically why people are fearful of the technology, how they got into computers, and what they like about them. When asked whether they believe computers will take over the world, one child responds, “No. A computer can only be as smart as it’s maker.” The children also continue to play games. This lasts for several minutes.

18:38Copy video clip URL The children are asked whether they think about the future of computers. They talk about there prospective future professions and how computers will be involved with what they do. The tape ends shortly after this.

21:04Copy video clip URL Tape ends.



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