Over the last year or so I’ve grown quite weary of the whole Mac vs. PC schism. I’ve come to realize that the Mac platform isn’t always the perfect solution to all problems, and likewise for Windows. Each computing platform offers its own benefits and pitfalls, and they deserve to be recognized for those qualities.
This mindset has led me to recently purchase a Windows-paced laptop computer, and I’m now on a quest to establish and manage a state of synergy between the two platforms. At the same time, I’m studying for an MA in Professional Communications with a specialization in intercultural communications. This morning my cohort began a new course with the director of the program, Dr. Zhenyi Li. In his opening notes, to exemplify the meaning of “intercultural” in comparison to “multicultural,” Dr. Li wrote:
An intercultural specialist will not only point out the differences, but also develop software so that PC files can be accepted and used in a Mac. To achieve collaboration is the goal of intercultural communication.
I took great solace in this. I’ve long realized that cultural issues extend beyond the stereotypical chopsticks vs. forks debate, but I hadn’t formally conceived of Windows and Mac being not so much about technology as culture. With this mindset, I feel a whole new horizon of solutions open up.