No Digital Facelifts

I was initially hesitant to take the time to watch these videos. I’m not a person who enjoys watching long movies or lectures (I have narcolepsy, so I tend to fall asleep when not actively engaged for too long), but I thought if I’m going to bother to do the course I may as well try and do it properly!

So I did watch the whole video and listen to the audio as well. Reminds me so much of my time at uni where I did a subject called Creative Technologies, and we talked a LOT about what technology is (for example the idea that time is a technology) as well as being open-endedly speculative about where technology could be taking us in the future.

I thought this talk was really inspiring and I’m happy that I took the time. As a graphic designer, I can really relate to this idea of the “digital facelift”. I have had experience working with businesses that want me to simply make things look nice, and even though this often leads to me questioning certain things about the business or the hierarchy, I am usually told not to worry about it and just do the basic job I am there to do. I find this sort of thing frustrating, as technology does afford us this opportunity to reflect on our structures and ways of thinking, and to ignore it seem like a big waste to me, especially when insights come up organically without even searching for them.

I also thought the idea of the three recursive practices (narrating, curating and sharing) was such a great distillation of these things that the internet both allows for and is created to do. I will definitely keep this in mind in the future while working on web-based projects to help focus my efforts.

This has been the first time in ages that I really got that brain-tingly feeling of sitting in a really good lecture. It feels amazing to hear someone that is so passionate and has a really unique yet obviously well thought out position on the issue.

It makes me excited to be a person who works in some way with technology, although I do still wish I knew how to program properly… :\ Maybe that will be my next challenge!


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