“We judge time by technology. We judge information by the date of the technology. Time is an exact messenger. I’ve decided to be a typewriter fundamentalist. I don’t change with the times. You don’t hear much about us, but of course you wouldn’t. We’re not online or in a chat room. But we know we are out there.”
“You won’t last. You’ll be back on the computer before the day is over.”
Crackdown, Chapter 25 by Christopher G. Moore
Recently I read two newspaper articles regarding technology that gave me pause. Of course they weren’t actually read on paper; they were read online. I don’t buy or read many actual newspapers nowadays. A sign of the technological times.
The articles are:
Why We Can’t Look Away From Our Screens written in the New York Times on March 6th, 2017 and
Subtle and Insidious – Technology is Designed to Addict Us written in the Washington Post on March 2nd, 2017
I recommend both.
The concluding lines in the New York Times article made me seek out the Crackdown passage above. It’s where Vinny ditches his smart phone and goes for Sam Spade office decor.
All good literature stays with us in one way or another and it can be triggered months or years later. It’s what separates the good novel from the forgettable ones. The New York Times suggests that, “There should be times of the day where it looks like the 1950s or where you are sitting in a room and you can’t tell what era you are in.”
The article also reminds us that finding time to be in natural environments is a good priority to have. For those of us lucky enough to be living in Thailand those times and places present themselves in various spots. One need only seek them out.
Anyway, that’s it. A short blog post. The New York Times and The Washington Post offer up some good advice. As does Vincent Calvino.
2 Responses to “You Can Turn Back Time … and It’s Probably a Good Idea”
Thanks, Kevin. Our relationship with technology defines us in many ways. That relationship raises many questions about choice, free will, and subjective experiences.
Thanks for your comment, Christopher. My first relationship with technology that sticks out was my transistor radio. Who knows what the last one will be?