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Having Faith

I found this incredibly profound, disturbing and exhiliarating article inĀ  The Guardian . That, you may suggest, is an awful of adjectives for a brief article. But the writer, Oliver Burkeman, went to Texas to the South by Southwest conference and discovered that the boundary between ‘real life’ and our ‘online’ lives had pretty much disappeared…and his descriptions and examples are really interesting.

In essence, he found that ‘real life’ has this complete overlay of technology. We have GPS in our cars, Bee Tagg readers for scanning codes, apps to tell us what’s on special near us, where the Starbucks are located and when the movie starts. In other words, there is no longer a separation between the cyber and the not.

In the ‘old days’ we went to our computers at a fixed spot, dialed up the Internet and retrieved information. Now the markets find us through facebook, google and our locations monitored in our iPhones and Androids.

Depending on your frame of mind, these are either great new advances or terrifying realizations…or a little bit of both.

I also read that they just ‘discovered’ a tribe in the Amazon. It made me wonder what would happen if you took one of those tribes people, gave them an iPhone – along with some instructions – and set them free in NYC. You could explain to them that this little device tells people where they are and whether they’re having coffee or at a meeting and basically anything they’re doing at any given moment.

The poor Amazonian might suggest that because they can’t see any of this, it must not be true.

Hmmm…so…Perhaps we’re more like that my fictitious city-visiting-jungle-person than we realize.

Maybe there’s a few other levels that remain unseen? Maybe just because we don’t know how to measure or see something, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

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6 Responses
  1. Becca says:

    I certainly feel as if the “real” world is being subsumed by the “virtual” world. I’m a willing participant in the madness, though, so I really can’t complain overmuch.

    I do sometimes wonder where it will all end up three or four decades from now..

  2. Colleen Friesen says:

    I know what you mean. Mostly I love all of this…just not sure where it will all lead.

  3. karen says:

    My Mother was stressed trying to run the micro wave oven and the VCR. My 11 year old son is talking about, a TK42 hard drive and a 15 inch HD LCD screen.

    “Say what”?

  4. Colleen Friesen says:

    No kidding. I’m still trying to wrap my heard around how a radio works :)

  5. typehype says:

    Sometimes I’m tempted to get rid of my computer and cell phone and credit cards (so my whereabouts and shopping habits can’t be monitored, also, by advertisers) and move to some remote location. Just for a bit of nature, peace and solitude! Pretty soon the Amazon jungle will no longer be an option :0

  6. Colleen Friesen says:

    The problem with moving to the Amazon is it will probably be controlled by Amazon.com :)

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