|The mist rises late on a May day|
But, this blog post is not just a rant about phones.
|So, what IS this blog about, you ask?|
|Here comes another squall line!|
Technology can be a lot like that. Gee, this new technology is going to take the world by storm! Nope, never mind... Or, that sure looks impressive. Just think of all the good it will do! Nope, never mind...
A friend of mine in college, who also happened to be someone I had great respect for, told me that they regretted taking a class on the analytical study of music. Why? It was because they felt it actually was reducing their appreciation of music as a whole because they were, perhaps, getting into the music so deeply that it was difficult to merely listen without starting to deconstruct what was there.
In a similar fashion, my studies in computing made me very aware of all that goes into technology. Because of those studies, I tend to deconstruct new technologies and immediate look for unintended consequences that might follow or ways people are likely to misuse something once it is developed. I am also fully aware that many 'new tech' items are simply vaporware - unable to deliver on the promise. As a result, I am not likely to rush towards new tools and I often hold them away from myself until it is required that I use them or I am convinced that their use would truly be beneficial. Happily for me, my training also makes it a bit easier for me to adapt and properly use the technology once I decide I must use it.
The technologies that seem to find their way into my toolbox are often more like the mist that you see developing in the first two photos. They have slowly permeated our world until we can't seem to escape their presence - even if we wanted to.