an xiao writes a very poignant post on her blog about the factual documentation of our lives, here is the link.
not sure if this is the case for many people, but in somewhat of a related issue has been on my mind for the last little while. many times in this past year or so, (with the rise of cameras and the internet on portable technology) i have found myself to be in the middle of conversations where it's interrupted with the, "here let me show you" stage- in which the person i'm speaking with will pull out their device and proceed to load or search for the image/ video. in most cases, this is followed by the viewing/ watching of the material- then maybe an "ooh," or "ah,"- then the conversation is basically over.
what's funny is, we are so used to this now that we don't even think twice, we don't mind it. yet we lose so much with this 'advancement'. maybe it was the magic and wonder of being a child, but i remember having conversations full of storytelling and imagination. it used to be that we had to actually describe what happened or happens in a story or procedure. the art of storytelling, stretching of truth for entertainment, enchantment is all lost in the totality of our modern advancements.
all in all; we lose the ability to articulate, the patience to listen, ("yeah? show me on your phone,") and eventually, i believe, a deeper human connection. for the most part, we are all guilty, but maybe it's something for us to think about.
and in a shameless-ironic turn, this video is much too beautiful to pass up. i have been thinking a lot about city lights from the skies.
via boing boing, courtesy of flickr user, ettubrute.
to the person who bought my if i could fly, i'd finally see the stars, in barcelona, please let me know who you are so i can say thanks.