Every time we use technology, we release a bit of ourselves. Growing up with the stuff, we come to rely on the benefits of computers, phone, wool socks, and pencils. Sure they are technically ‘tools’ that we use, but as they advance beyond the understanding of the common man, they appear as magical as magnetism. We use it, but we don‚Äôt know what it is. If we begin to.
Witness the uproar over the invention of photography, as painters everywhere claimed that the machine removed art from human hands and skill. No uprising accompanied the gradual encroachment of devices that are far beyond the understanding of participants in the art of life.
I think the “do it yourself” movement can be seen as a reponse to feelings of autonomy. By creating or manipulating technology, the tech begins to ‚Äòbelong‚Äô to its user. A connection is made between the tool and the user. The technological artifact no longer affects and imposes on the user to the same degree because it has been birthed in some respect by the needs and creativity of the user.
Exhibit A: The Bike Lawn Mower
Work it in bed
Even kitties tend to battle with technology from time to time…
What happens when internet entertainment becomes better than the stuff we pay for? When the distribution for that media is free, and when the scalability of the entire thing has no bounds?
Well we‚Äôve reached each of those moments. Take for example this barney mashup with Soulja Boy below… It only costs you your time, but it still makes you squint; though internet prices have shrunk, the size of most internet videos haven’t changed. We‚Äôre still working on technical quality, but when we get to free and slick High Definition internet video I think the whole ‚Äòmedia cartel‚Äô will shudder and freak. With portable HD cams spreading (cellphone versions approaching) we‚Äôll have no reason not to go to an internet video site for our entertainment.
Add a few more internet TV channels like Channel Frederator and material on blip.tv. (1938 Media comes to mind).
Thehdweb.com is Akamai’s case for HD on the web. It seems they believe the world is ready (if you have a 7.5 MB connection).
And what happens when that terrible thing goes viral? What if it was shown in Times Square?
Just started reading ‘PostSecrets‘ and thought I’d post this as a “go check it out” nugget. Post secret is a site that requests secrets written on the back of a postcard:
It’s filled with all the tenderness of humanity the internet usually lacks.
As the Manhattan project neared completion of ‘the gadget‘, a classified research project determined whether the nitrogen atoms in the atmosphere would ignite and turn earth into a giant fireball. I’ve only recently been made aware of it, and I’d like to share. My favorite passage is
A graph that means ‘we won’t all die’ is pretty hilarious:
Full document here.
Once the internet has been around for about 20 years, we’ll be able to imagine the wildest thing, search the internet to see if anyone’s done it, then go do it, post it on the internet, and ruin someone else’s dream.
For some amazing accomplishments by the greatest mammal, keep reading…
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…about man’s place in the world…
I haven’t met a video as compelling, simple, and German as ‘Le Grande Content,’ explained by the author below. Video after the jump.
Le Grand Content examines the omnipresent Powerpoint-culture in search for its philosophical potential. Intersections and diagrams are assembled to form a grand ‘association-chain-massacre’. which challenges itself to answer all questions of the universe and some more. Of course, it totally fails this assignment, but in its failure it still manages to produce some magical nuance and shades between the great topics death, cable tv, emotions and hamsters.
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