This is not an original idea. This is just a post about my initial ideas about it. I didn’t even know what to call this post – but it has to do with the Death of the Craft. What I … Continue reading
It is a reality for many of us today. We definitely live digital lives. Even my 3 year old niece is starting to develop her digital presence. She is a digital native and can navigate her way through anyone’s iphone … Continue reading
Phone numbers used to be an identity marker. Growing up, I knew everyone’s phone number. I had it all memorized. I knew all of our numbers. I knew all of my aunt’s and uncle’s numbers. I knew phone numbers of … Continue reading
I heard a talk yesterday (I don’t have my notes from yesterday so I can’t tell you who) , and the speaker gave the evolution of connection. It went something like this – people connect to people and now people … Continue reading
I have been thinking about this since I saw a tweet about a week ago. Someone had tweeted – what the latest movies say about who we have become. They suggested that we have become more “escapist” as people. As if movies like Avatar make us want to live different lives than we do. Second Life has been around for years now. It’s not like any of this is new. People have been writing stories about other worlds and realities for years – Lord of the Rings and Narnia come to mind.
The technology hasn’t created something new in us as people, it has just given it a channel and a voice. People haven’t changed, but the way your express your desires in these new digital channels have. What used to be private is no longer. Technology doesn’t change you; it gives you a new way to channel what is and was already there.
Technology can mess us up psychologically.
Did you know that there really wasn’t ADHD before TV. TV was available around the 1920′s and 30′s. The first time they used stimulants to treat ADHD was 1937. Don’t get me wrong, I will watch tv, and I am well aware that it has an affect on my attention span.
I am sure there are tons of effects of technology on the way we think and live – but I am really interested in the psychology of the dvr. I mean, not only does tv condition us to have shorter attention spans, we can now control what we watch completely. We don’t have to sit through commercials that are engineered at just the right span of time as to maximize the attention span of the viewers. We can skip all of that. We can rewind live tv if we missed it – because we don’t know how to pay attention any more.
I’ve heard people talk about wanting to “dvr” live radio. We can easily go back and control it all. DVR psychology.
Also, interestingly enough – I typically write my post first and then I look it up to see if it exists. I guess if I did it the other way, that I wouldn’t have the desire to write it because it has already been written about. But alas, nothing is new under the sun.
I wonder what that says about me? Don’t answer that.