I started whatsonyourthing.com for a number of reasons
- I find it disturbing when people unwittingly carve out a huge chunk of their day to interact on a small screen, whether it be for text messaging, web browsing, or for playing games. This is a lo-fi behavior in a hi-fi world. We can do better than this.
- We often communicate with people geographically close to us at great volumes through small devices, though we can more genuinely, accurately, and more humanely communicate face to face.
- Cellphones, especially those with the internet enabled, drown out what should be a natural process of questioning one’s surroundings. When a Google search can answer most questions, what’s the point of being mindfully engaged with the world around you?
- We must consider our ability to be mindful, attentive, and engaged in an age of ubiquitous technology.
Danny started a new tumblog, whatsonyourthing.com, to collect photography and article excerpts that explore and question the seamless integration of technology and the web in our modern lives. Looking forward to see how it develops.
I think the bit about cellphones "...drown[ing] out what sould be a natural process of questioning in one's surroundings" really pin points how I feel about iPhones, laptops, and other modern day devices. While being able to look anything up on your phone is convenient, I don't necessarily think it's a good thing to have all my questions instantly answered.