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June 1, 2012 at 3:38 PMComments: 4 Faves: 0

Through The Looking Glass

By E.M. Wollof from SLN More Blogs by This Author

"In the old days, writers used to sit in front of a typewriter and stare out of a window. Nowadays, because of the marvels of convergent technology, the thing you type on and the window you stare out of are now the same thing." -Douglas Adams

I find myself fascinated with the views of older generations as they pertain to emerging technologies. Some view the movement with disdain, others bow their heads in resignation, and some ride the wave with childlike anticipation. Douglas Adams was one that rode the crest of that wave in my mind. He readily embraced the technological revolution (specifically the MacIntosh side) and used it to spread his message to the masses.

Adams was one of the very few who recognized that technology was only ever a tool, not some life form that shaped humanity. He understood that humans make choices that change the world, not emerging technologies. So often today we hear that technology has changed who and what we are. I think Adams' work is a testament to how untrue that is. If you haven't already, do yourself a favor and read the "Hitchhiker" series, you will see what I mean.

Bring a Towel

Anyway, the last couple of weeks, as I have been working my way through the "Guide" again, I started thinking about the impact that technology has had on the way we express ourselves. As I do most of the time, I became angry/disappointed at the degradation of inter-personal communication and our new loathsome definition of social interaction. Instead of digging deeper into that pit of despair, I decided to focus on what technology may have advanced throughout the last couple of decades and landed on photography.

Photographs have been the gateway to emotion and memory for generations now, with each subsequent generation of technology enhancing these reproductions of beautiful and terrifying moments.

I'd like to share with you some of the photographs that helped to remind me that, in the midst of all the chaos that is the human voice spoken through the technological amplifier, there are still shards of terrifying brilliance to be found. I do mean terrifying and brilliant...beware.






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  • That one of the tornado with the lightning is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time! I love it!

  • That guy is about to get his finger bit off!

  • The lightning is actually over a volcanic eruption. True doubt about it.

  • Right on. We didn't have photographs not that long ago. I can barely imagine living in that world. A good photograph moves you, makes you think about what it would be like to be in that picture, to be the person framing it. So much history and humanity was lost with the less adequate ways we had to preserve.

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