Technology Defining Us
I recently applied to teach a class about technology and society. In my cover letter, I argued we shouldn’t let technology define who we are. And two days later I start a blog called This Old PowerBook. Do as I say, not as I do.
The blog’s title is somewhat ironic, and it’s my hope to further this discourse on technology, and our incessant desire for “the shiny.”
But I’m also a comedian, and supposed to be a funny guy (hell, I’m teaching a class on Sketch Comedy in July), so I’m hoping this discourse will be lighthearted and humorous while making its points. Or it could completely fall off the rails, which would be fun too.
I do own a PowerBook, it’s a first generation aluminum model. There’s a picture of it on the front page in its shipping box from Apple. Yes, I put that sign on it (I worked for a reseller at the time), and was prepared to take a lesson from my cat in defining territory.
Currently, the PowerBook is my main computer. It saw me through two Masters degrees (just defended my MFA in April) and generally gets the job done. I’ve had the option of moving to a newer machine (and I have a Mac Mini at home), but I can’t bear to retire it. The old girl’s still got some life left in ‘er.
What about the rest of you? Are you desperately holding on to an antiquated piece of technology? Let me know in the comments.