Entitlement

Aaron Mahnke:

Where is the sense of gratitude and wonder that we used to have? A tech company sells millions and millions of an amazing smart phone, but decided to create a new model by investing untold amounts of money and energy. And then they released it for the same price as the last model. They didn't have to, but they did. To moan and complain about that smacks of entitlement and selfishness.

It's such a pity that our reactions and attitudes have devolved into this embarrassing state of predictable whining and dissatisfaction.

We each have a vested interest in the ongoing process of innovation in the technology community, hence our involvement. And yet, day after day, we seem to be losing sight of that originating sense of optimism that once drew us into the community in the first place.

We've become jaded to the inner-workings of the innovative process. We've looked upon the minds and work of those seeking to build newer and better things and, rather than sit back with a sense of deserved awe, we have collectively inserted ourselves into the equation.

Technology, by its very nature, is developed for the sake of improving the human condition. For a time, this process occurred unabated. People were excited that, with each iterative step, we — as a society — were able to move forward together. More recently, with the rise of personal technology, the onus of innovation has moved from the auspicious goal of societal gain to the petty whims of the self-entitled individual.

As a result, we're blessed with the repeated misinterpretation of change as an element of personal attack. We've allowed ourselves to actually feel sincere and vehement outrage at Apple's business decisions. We've pointed accusatory fingers at independent developers hoping to make a living out of a fledgling ecosystem of software. We've taken to Twitter to personally decry writers and journalists for their choice of words and opinions.

We've made a gross over-estimation of our entitlement in the world.

I don't expect for all of us to retreat to a state of forgiving gratitude and wonder, but I certainly hope that, before writing that next inflammatory Tweet, you might consider the ramifications before doing so.

Self-entitlement and unchecked negativity are not affable traits in real life. Nor should they be on the Internet.