Outmoded Technologies

JESS MUSCAT

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I think the generation I was born in is one of the last to know what it’s like to have a childhood without a phone in our hands and apps for anything and everything. During my primary school years, I would only ever use our household computer to print off information for homework research tasks. Nowadays, kids are mastering iPads before they even start pre-school.

I stumbled across this video at the start of the semester and it kickstarted a whole train of thought of outmoded technologies. I was so dumbfounded while watching this video- a majority of the kids didn’t even know how to turn on the computer! Do most people own laptops these days? I just didn’t understand the initial confusion. Don’t PCs still have to be turned on that way? Even though this video is about an operating system, I couldn’t help but think about the devices…

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  1. While we are all tempted to focus on the future of technology, it sounds like what you have discussed here provides a great starting point for an exploration of the decay that the internet has set in motion in industries which previously promoted the rise of our obsession with games and films about cyberculture and innovation. For example, you might want to look at this article by VICE reporter Livia Albeck-Ripka about the closing of the last independent video store in Melbourne due to the enormous success of internet content streaming services like Netflix. Albeck-Ripka suggests that the closing of indie video stores has unexpected side effects, such as increasing the gap in connections and support networks within the community as well as the loss of local dialogues around new and independent film making (http://www.vice.com/en_au/read/how-netflix-killed-melbournes-last-independent-video-store). You could also look into a more broad look at how our collective history as a worldwide community is being potentially lost now that we express our biggest moments through records on platforms which are prone to error and unexpected destruction of sources (http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120927-the-decaying-web).

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