“As much as the media we consume entertains -
- and to an extent defines us -
it is only one facet of how we live.”
- Devin Coldewey, TechCrunch editorial, January 1, 2012
A lifestyle of futuristic proportions doesn’t necessarily have to include flying cars (though that would totally rule). Advances in technology have become so ingrained in our daily lives that even the thought of leaving the house for the day – heck, even for a trip to the grocery store – without our smartphones causes panic.
Admittedly, I was late to the game when it came to cellphones; I didn’t even have one until 2005 if you can believe it. I was reliant on a variety of landline phones in the home or in the office. If I wasn’t available, you left a message. Boom. Done. It was simpler and that was the way we lived. I didn’t even have a Facebook account yet. And this is just strictly talking about peer-to-peer communication. (“how far have refrigerators, or beds, come in the last ten years – compared with the way we experience music, or keep in touch with our friends?”)
While teleporting to work would be rad, it’s not going to happen any time soon. The advancements in technology that change our lives for the better are surely going to be of the smaller, less exciting variety but that doesn’t mean they are less important.
“No, it’s not pretty; it’s progress.”
Coldewey’s editorial acts as a definite reality check regarding technology and our reliance as we head deeper into the new year. I’m not going to continue trying to recycle what he has already written eloquently so I encourage you to read the article and let us know your thoughts.
In the meantime, I’m gonna go re-hydrate some brunch capsules and play fetch with Astro.