post written by N.
Technology is awesome. It enables us to do so much more… right now this goofy guy in his late twenties, in fly over country, with no academic credentials is writing to a global audience. What a democratization of information!
I wonder if we consider both sides of the double edge sword… the difficulty of establishing intellectual credibility in “cyberspace”, the ability of institutions of power to “update” published information at will, the ecological considerations all of the electricity and materials that we need to use these modern information systems, and what about skills and technologies that are becoming irrelevant and in danger of being lost.
How long before it becomes prohibitely expensive to develop a roll of film (has anyone else seen young children want to see their picture on the back of a camera after its been taken?), that no one knows how to get around their home town without a GPS, could you feed yourself out of a garden if you had to and can for winter, or we never bother to memorize anything because we can always google it on our iPhone 7gss Mini? Lots of things us modern folks don’t know how to do. My books are made of renewable, sometimes recycled, resources that need no power, maintence, and that don’t break down. There is a lot of value there even when compared to the convenience of a kindle.
Is there any group or organization out there dedicated to preserving skills and knowledge like this? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the world is going to end tomorrow and we’ll be in desperate need of these skills, but I think a centralized resource like that would be at the very least very interesting. If one doesn’t exist… do you see value in it?
Well, enough nonsense, I’m probably just like the guy in this video confused about his new-fangled book: