techno-hippy nomads

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?


9 thoughts on “techno-hippy nomads

  1. Lisa Caroline Leung says:

    I think it’s neither.
    Things just change.
    It’s like when I hear people talking about how computers are bad because we’ve now lost the art of writing…well, I suppose it’s true, but the fact is, the times change, and they usually do for a reason. I’m sure when people stopped using quills and scrolls someone complained about a lost art…
    I think people should worry more about opening their minds and embracing any form of communication (or new movement, or whatever)…even if it doesn’t stick around, or isn’t the best option, you’re still learning something, aren’t you?
    As for your prof’s quote, change the former half to be general, and really applies to everyone:
    “We’ll be these nomads, with our asymmetrical backpacks and sunglasses, trying to rapidly assume a place in the world…”
    Honestly…I think we’d be DIShonest to not admit there’s a bit of that in all of us. It’s a natural and (I think) a beautiful aspect of being human.

  2. Jo. Chen says:

    I am torn. While I love the instant capability of communicating with whomever using the online tools mentioned, there is a part of me that cannot stand the demanding side of online communications. We can be hit by messages from anyone from anywhere (e.g., Viagra ad spam etc.) I am overwhelmed sometimes at the amount of work I have to put into keeping up online…not that I mind hooking up or e-mailing my good pals : )

    I don’t think I could ever seriously consider designating my computer the exclusive method of meeting and talking to people. I still need to see the warm smile and hear a friendly voice live for my world to feel complete and real. Call me a semi-techno-hippy nomad.

  3. DH says:

    I agree that this is the communication method of the future, and that eventually many people will morph into what your prof prophesized. This new technology allows us to quickly multi task, get more done, stay “connected”, keep organized, communicate, entertain ourselves, educate, learn, explore, etc, etc, etc. With ALL that we are able to accomplish in such short time, it seems we have successfully found an efficient way to dilute every experience enough to make more time for …?

    I think this direction does lead to a more primitive way of being! … Perhaps well organized and overly informed … but scatterbrained, insincere .. techno-hippy nomads!


  4. rkbowen says:

    While I agree with Lisa that it is all change, I do think a lot of things get lost in translation. I find that with technology a lot of the sentiment behind our communication is taken away. Who remembers the simple pleasures of getting a hand written letter in the mail or receiving a note inconspicuously passed to you in class? It gives you a little rush to know that someone took the time and effort to write something, fold it up and mail it to. I suppose some can argue they get the same rush from the beep of an email or text message coming in on their computer or phone. But to me it’s just not the same. Maybe I am just too old.

  5. Brandon Carlos says:

    I can imagine a world sans any of the social media above mentioned (minus the email) because I really do live in it! I am admittedly anti-social media for reasons which are deserving of their own post. I agree with you that the future of communications transcend the idea of communicating in the first place. The problem with technological communication is that it is depersonalizing an avenue that is most effective when it is personal. It’s difficult to address a problem that requires we proliferate it. That is, by responding to a blog we are forwarding the depersonalization of our future in communications.
    It’s a self-destructive cycle.

  6. Frank Litorco says:

    Depersonalization? Self-destruction? Not sure I would use those words. When a person describes their very personal breakup, for instance, on a video uploaded to YouTube, as I’ve seen on many occasions and with increased frequency, or written eloquently on their blog like they would write in a paper-based diary, it’s difficult to deny the emotional impact of the content, regardless of the medium.

    I love the fact that the internet has generated all sorts of ways to express oneself, be it through words, video, audio, or a combination thereof. If you would have told me ten years ago that I would be able to place a (free!) video/webcam call to one of my friends overseas and greet them a happy birthday or just to see the expressions on their faces when I talk to them, I would have laughed at you. But things have changed so much in this decade that I believe we’re just scratching the surface of how we use the internet to network, communicate, and collect and share information. And depending on how it’s used, it can be as personal or impersonal as the author wants it to be.

    Don’t get me wrong – I get excited as much as the next guy when I receive letters/cards/gifts in the mail. There’s definitely a special place for this kind of communication. Perhaps with the increased use of the internet to communicate, it has become even more special.

  7. staffeen thompson says:

    I use e-mail, MSN & Facebook, but I don’t use all the other forms, ie. YouTube, videos, etc., so for me it doesn’t mean as much. And that’s the catch, for it to work, for it to have maximum impact in your life, one needs to subscribe to those mediums.

    And the most basic of these forms has made communicating with family half way across the world easier and more frequent, yes, and more reactive for sure, but I suppose with all “progressive things”, there needs to be an element of devloving in our nature, and in this case it is the very thing we’re trying to evolve.

  8. Natasha C. says:

    As society evolves, technology will evolve. Whether Facebook will morph into something greater or if something will out-pace Facebook entirely is not the point. Whether we like it or not – technology is here to stay. As a consequence, people will feel more at ease firing off an e-mail to someone sitting in the next cubicle rather than having to interact face to face. You can either embrace it or not. I’ve embraced it however I still know how to have a conversation with someone without hiding behind a computer screen.

  9. Brian Cave says:

    I agree with the Professor!

    Also in the famous lyrics from Justin Timberlake’s CD (LOVE, sex…..)
    “I’m tired of all this technology won’t you just sit down and talk to me!”

    In closing, Technology is the wave of the future, and overall is a positive
    thing, however I try to make a serious effort to communcate face to face
    as much as possible, because i don’t want to loose a vital part of being human.




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