From BeforeComputing to AfterDigital
There is an opposition in the air.
Digital Vs Real. Lived Vs Seen. Swiped Card Vs the Bazar.
I wonder if this ‘opposition’ comes from a memory of time ‘Before (personal) Computing’ or BC and if that time has become romanticized; less like history, more like mythology. Since I cannot live BC life and comment on it, I wonder about After Digital or AD. Many years from now how will we romanticize the present? Will we talk about social networking and how old fashioned it was? Will we laugh at the iPhone/Android interface? Will kids start buying our cast off clothing as ‘vintage fashion’? Will I hear kids on the metro talk about how much they like the music from the ‘noughties’?But are these opposing views?
There was an opposition; we used to talk about ‘Virtual Reality’ as an alternative to ‘Real Reality’. Since then though, we’ve moved on. We dont talk about singular opposing spaces, rather spaces that are distinct yet inherently connected. Flipkart still sells ‘real’ (dead tree) books; in fact most online shopping is geared towards a real world product. Kids with guitars can record and broadcast online, but still have to perform live to reach a critical mass. As yet, social media hasn’t come up with a solution to saturday night beer parties or ‘business networking’. Even VR has become AR (Augmented Reality), giving up on recreating the world and instead going for adding more elements to what’s already around us.
I don’t know. But I can’t wait to find out!