An Architecture & Technology professor of mine once said, “We’ll be these techno-hippy nomads, with our asymmetrical backpacks and Gucci sunglasses, trying to rapidly assume a place in the world…” He went on to reference a myriad of technological concepts, but mainly commented on how we communicate with one another, and how it will start to morph in the future. It’s always about the future in Architecture.
And though it wasn’t that long ago, I can’t help but think about how long it has actually been in technological years. A world sans Facebook, sans Myspace, sans YouTube!? How ever did we survive? He had some interesting technological forecasts, and though a tad melodramatic and aggressive with his ideologies, had a common thread among them: the demand of personal interaction. Perhaps we were still in our formative grown-up years, or perhaps it was us as his captive audience that made everything that much more imperative and immediate. But now the older I’ve become, the more I’m convinced that he actually made sense!
Regarding the e-mail, how many can one actually send per day? How much time out of my day am I supposed to devote to respond to the e-mail? I believe our communicative methods are becoming more dynamic – maybe shifting towards a certain disconnection? There are just too many message possibilities now! There are Facebook functions on your phone, so you can Facebook while talking to the same person. And you can Facebook someone while you listen to music and surf the Internet all in tandem. Have we become these extremely glamorous techno-hippy nomads, without even realizing? Perhaps we’re trying to assume our place in the world bombarded with these messages, and slowly losing the ability to communicate in the most basic of ways. Perhaps it’s progressive, perhaps a little primitive?