Any situation or event that has an impact on your life can’t possibly be communicated in 140 characters or less. Twitter is a good example of the emptiness of digital language and our online lives. Even with relaxed limits the point is the same. Any rich, textured, human experience can’t be communicated through these boxes in front of us, in our hands, these so-called Smart phones, computers, tablets, blah, blah, blah. Life is more than we can show or tell with these devices.
Technology – The new vs the old
Paper, pens, and physical documentation is more important than ever due to this digital takeover of our history. Even in your own personal experience, it’s a good idea to have hard copies of all of your important work and ideas. I see the technological drive of our world starting to replace handwriting, real hands on learning, just as the CD and the DVD, MP3 replaced all our older, better media. We shouldn’t exchange tried and true traditional means of collecting and keeping our ideas and information for the expedient, technological update of the moment.
Can digital and analogue co-exist?
The photos in this post were taken with my phone. I used the Adobe Lightroom App. I would have used real film, a manual camera, and then, developed the film, scanned the photos into the computer, and had a physical copy of my work. However; 1) it’s faster, 2) it’s hard to buy real black and white film at the store anymore and 3) it’s quicker to go digital. This is how we fall into the trap. I’m illustrating my own point here. The ease and money saving aspects of digital life has its good points. Ideally, we should have it all. The choice between VHS or DVD, the choice between vinyl records or crappy, smashed up iTunes. If we had the option to use all the media we would use it all. Some digital processes are better for some things and vice versa.
I’m developing my own system of recording and collecting my work into both forms. That way when this computer crashes I’ll have hard copies and no loss. If you have something worth saying and worth saving, get your pen and paper, and write it down.