https://youtu.be/Tc917jhZmvc Is tech really making our lives easier? All technology is at first, purely voluntary. Accessible to early adopters. But as society, behaviors, and attitudes are further built upon and shaped by that technology, it eventually becomes mandatory Cars Before: you walked, rode a horse/buggy Early stage: Few cars, still voluntary Mature Stage: Roads built,… Continue reading Technology: Voluntary or Mandatory?
Adam Curtis strikes gold again with Hypernormalisation, a frighteningly insightful analysis of our current age, how we got here, and a hint of where we are going. He is able to highlight the circumstances of our modernity and the people who are able to manipulate and exploit those circumstances for their own gain. Weaving together… Continue reading Hypernormalisation – A MUST SEE Documentary
TV, Netflix, movie theaters, eating, dieting, drinking, iTunes, Spotify, shopping malls, online shopping, retail shopping, smoothies, ice cream, frozen yogurt, coffee, boba, cosmetics, gasoline, insurance, dishes, silverware, video games... Everything we experience within our world can be distinguished as either Consumption or Production. Consumption is everything listed above, and obviously millions of other activities, hobbies,… Continue reading Binging Until We Purge
Here's an amazing video from one of our favorite cultural critics, Charlie Brooker, in his excellent BBC2 television series, "How TV Ruined Your Life" (don't say that it didn't, it DID!) In this episode, titled and addressing "Aspiration," Brooker shows how our lives have been shaped by the excesses we see paraded in front of… Continue reading How TV Ruined Your Life: Aspiration
Part One is found here In our contemporary age, we like to think of "web-surfing" as a much more involved or stimulating activity than just "channel-surfing," a term (dating back to at least 1986) for television viewers who would scan their thousands of available TV stations without finding a program that even remotely (lol!) pleased them. Channel-surfing… Continue reading Are You A Ghost Using The Internet? Part 2