Tag Archives: Luddites

It’s Worth a Moment of Your Time…

Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 7.44.47 PMIn my short lived ventures around the internet, I found this little gem which provides a positive insight into the use of social networking and technology. A breath of fresh air in a world who is so afraid of that which is new, different, or puts us in a state of vulnerability.

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Turning The World….

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I read a quote on Ello the other day that one of the writers I follow posted. I’m not sure if it was one of her own or from another source, but I found myself wondering about it a great deal.

“Many people, especially in technology say their productivity is changing the world, and this is irrefutable. But no one seems to know what they’re changing it into.”

Many commenters posted their thoughts, and much of it was about technology it’s self. I couldn’t understand that. Technology it’s self doesn’t have fully functioning rational consciousness…yet. So why is so much being said about technology when there are minds behind it? I decided to put my two cents in and commented:

This is precisely the point I had been trying to make in my computer ethics blog in college, and why I personally believe in the “design for good” movement. I think the use of technology and how to cause change in the world stems from the individual user and their choice, not necessarily the creator of said technology. Though I think the creator is the one who gets the ball rolling, it is the users who manipulate the technology’s usefulness and influence one another. Though, that is more or less dependent on the situation. Without context I get the implication that the quote speaks more on the unpredictability of the technology user to change the world and not necessarily the technology it’s self.

I think when it comes to technology we are too willing to blame situations on the device. Too often I hear parents ridicule their children about phone and computer use, but in the context of the technology. “I should get rid of that damn computer…” Kind of commentary is often times too common, but what it does is dissociates the user from the responsibility. It is not the computers fault that the individual spends so much time on it. It is the choice of the user to spend time on it, and in this particular case, it was someone’s failure to set appropriate boundaries for such use. Weather it be the parent or the child is another story entirely.

To take away the computer is far too extreme. It is useful. It is necessary as well. Technology use causes the world to turn. Most of our educational and work environments require the use of a computer for nearly everything now. Perhaps another case of people’s failure to set boundaries? Feel free to put your thoughts on that in comments below.

I must put a disclaimer as well. There are some technologies that are changing the world for very specific reasons. The above commentary I made speaks more on programs, games, social networks, internet use, apps etc. More socially oriented technology. There are technologies that are made for specific uses, like medical technology, where the goal is to change the medical field for whatever reason, and usually with a passionate cause and predicted out come. In those situations, the use of technology is entirely dependent on the proper functionality if the technology as well as the user, and the outcome is usually predictable because it is being made for a specific goal. That may seem obvious to mention, but I would rather mention it since occasionally, the technology has other outcomes as well that develop into another kind of technology altogether. Much of our popularly used tech was developed from military tech made public once it was found to have a variety of uses.

What are your thoughts on technology development and the quote above? I would love to hear perspectives.


Technology and Perfection: Too High a Demand?

William Morris was quoted to have said “No man is good enough to be another’s master.” a statement that can be interpreted by the time he lived in which was an age when machines took the place of artisans and perfection became the demand. In turn, designs were rejected if there was even the tiniest flaw therein. The Arts and Crafts Movement was a rebellion against the idea that handcrafted designs had become obsolete because of their inconsistencies and imperfection.

Is technology doing the same to humanity?

I found this post the other day and it brought up some interesting points about technology. Firstly it discusses some of the issues brought about by the industrial revolution to the design world (which was highly influential to design as we know it). Secondly it touches on the view that technology has caused us to have increased, and in some cases unreasonable demands of people. Though raw in verse, it will get you thinking.

Miss Mimi’s Inspiration: What Arts and Crafts Taught Me About Grace..


West Virginia’s “Quiet Zone”

Another 2 hour conversation had been disconnected. I stared at my computer screen, eyes bloodshot, ear tired of listening. My suite mates playing season after season of television shows. I closed my eyes and hoped that the world would just quiet for  a min. Then the power went out.

There is an unusual amount of dependency on electronics for entertainment. I am one of the many who use it more than just a hand full of times a week for entertaining purposes, but every so often I find myself in need to some hardcore quiet time. Power outages are one way of doing it, but there is always another way to get away from all things electronic. My ideal plan: West Virginia Quiet Zone.

The zone was established in 1958 and consists of 13, ooo square miles of beautiful isolation. No wifi. No cellphones. No radio waves. If you want complete isolation? This is as isolated as it gets outside of prison. And for many trying to run from technology it’s a highly sought place for the housing market.

 

For more information about this unique zone click here.


Beauty or a Beast: Technology, Art, and Luddites

Part of being Graphic Design majors is attempting to bring technology and art together into one form. It’s like the perfect mixed drink. The right colors, with the right ratios makes the perfect flavor, but instead of making a favor you’re making a visual display. Of course there is harmony between technology and art, but there are those who think otherwise.

(For Art and Technology Integration and Galleries check out:

http://www.coolhunting.com/tech/creators-project-coachella.php

http://www.techasart.org/Artists.html )

There is a fear that the concept of art has changed from what it was originally intended. In todays technology filled world the idea of art has been “degraded” as some may say. But rather than looking at the art world as being “degraded” we would rather define the addition of technology to art as the broadening of the artistic definition. However, the minds of determined men and women are hard to change.

The term “Luddite” comes to mind. A term which traces back to the early 1800’s factory workers and skilled artisans in Europe were being pushed out of their employment and replaced with machines. In an act of protest they stormed their factories and workshops destroying the machines that had replaced their master craftsmen work and taken their art from them. These workers were referred to as Luddites, and today the term is used to describe people who are against the use of technology because of what it takes from people rather than gives.

(For more information and artistic galleries of Luddites please read:

http://greenfield.fortunecity.com/crawdad/213/neolud.html

http://www.helenelliswrites.com/luddites-in-the-news-alex-gilles/

http://forum.xcitefun.net/digital-body-humans-against-technology-t47161.html

http://rfmcdpei.livejournal.com/155867.html )

Today’s world seems to be at an impasse. Contemporary art is either brilliant or a joke, Classic Art is either considered masterpiece or ancient history. Generations clash from the older folks who desire a “Simpler life without technology” with the young folks who want to live out their lives on facebook, share their work on Deviant Art, and blog about the next big thing in the world. Music has gone from being personal unedited sound to an array of synths and beats put to lyrics (Most top artists today wouldn’t even make it into Julliard School of Music). Many even argue that technology take people away from the desire to create art because of the fear of not being good enough or being involved too much in their social networks to find the drive or motivation (stats say almost 30 hrs a week is the amount of time the average teenager is spending in front of a screen).

Is art really hurting our artistic world, or is the integration of art and technology beneficial? Is the redefining of “art” a bad thing? Let us know what side you’re on.