"Adults have to be able to communicate with kids like the little girl Richard Wolkomir writes about in 'We're Going to Have Computers Coming Out of the Woodwork' in the September 1994 Smithsonian Magazine. She was visiting Xerox Corporation with her parents when, as if by magic, messages for the adults started appearing on a new gadget Xerox calls a 'Liveboard'. 'The guests looked dumbfounded,' Wolkomir tells us, 'but the child blithely scribbled messages back.' From the child's point of view, why shouldn't personal messages materialize seemingly out of nowhere on a blank surface? That kind of thing is no problem for today's children, who are often as familiar with 'nowhere' as they are with their bedrooms."
--Suzette Haden Elgin, The Gentle Art of Communicating with Kids (1996)
I'd really like to read the Wolkomir article now, but it seems I'll have to find it in the woodwork, as it seems not to be on the Internet. Maybe it will be on microfiche? I can only dream.