I'm reading Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge , where the author coined a word withittude. Just like tittytainment, a blend of tit + entertainment, I fancy "withittude" is similar, maybe some with... + attitude? But couldn't figure out a good one. Pls suggest?
The context is:
Orozco --> Blount: < sm > Can you read me? < / sm >
"Of course I can," replied the old man.
So despite Blount's claims of withittude, he couldn't manage silent messaging, not even the finger tapping most grownups used.
Basically this is a sci-fi fiction that people use wearable devices to communicate, such as sending silent message -- those marked by < sm > and < / sm > .
Orozco, a teenager, just had a conversation with Blount, someone in his sixties, who claimed have taken some courses on newly development technologies and will return to career soon.
Then Orozco sent "Can you read me?" to Blount. Other teenagers might reply by using eyeball or muscles, via wearable devices; older people, a.k.a. the "grownups" might use finger typing. But Blount replied "Of course I can" verbally.
So this looks to Orozco that though Blount claimed he's actively pickup new technologies for a career return, he's not so up with the time.