Changes Come to Barrow (now Utqiaġvik) Alaska (Fran Tate)

Fran Tate discusses the impact of technology, particularly the internet, on the isolated community they live in. While acknowledging the benefits of increased connectivity and regular flights in and out of town, Fran expresses concerns about the changing behavior and values of the younger generation. She reminisces about a time when people interacted more personally and criticizes the excessive use of electronic devices and the lack of communication within families. Fran shares an anecdote about working with teenagers who struggle with basic typing skills due to their reliance on technology. Fran’s own resistance to adopting new technology, such as computers and cell phones, is rooted in a belief that personal presence and direct communication are more important.