Ian Bogost’s Atlantic article I Wrote This on a 30-Year-Old Computer was written entirely on an 30 year old Macintosh SE and makes for a fascinating trip down memory lane and back to the future.
There’s much to think about in the article, but one line really stood out to me:
Computing was an accompaniment to life, rather than the sieve through which all ideas and activities must filter.
‘The sieve through which all ideas and activities must filter’ – what a phrase and what a thought.
Within my online ‘bubble’ there seems to be a growing movement away from social media and being ‘always on’ and towards Digital Minimalism – a phrase coined by Cal Newport in his latest book.
I wonder if we’ve made as much progress as we think we have over the last 35 years, or have we become shackled and beholden to the devices and services we’ve created?