Posted by: Steven Harris | January 19, 2014

Mixed

There should be social media and sharing everything that happens in your life. There should be sitting in a twilight room with [almost] no sensory input. There should be computers with us always to look up facts and learn new things at a moment’s notice. There should be running with dogs and snuggling in exhaustion afterwards. There should be ebooks your can carry by the hundreds on your device. There should be books with sturdy covers, mesmerizing typography, and luscious illustrations. There should be trivia and in-depth learning. There should be tweets. There should be really thorough and well-argued essays. There should be pencils and crayons and messy messy ink and thick, texturous paper. There should be literal and figurative and virtual writing on the wall. There should be the freedom to express yourself and the right medium to share with others. There should be collaboration and crowdsourcing. There should be [some] slick, corporate media productions. There should be unique individual visions. There should be folk art. There should be wind whispering through the leaves of aspen trees. There should be dirt on your shoes. There should be days spent in bed doing pointless online meandering. There should be talking with friends face-to-face over coffee or beer. There should be arguing with internet idiots over politics. There should be volunteering and charitable contributions. There should be keeping up with people you had lost track of. There should be online communities. There should be stitch and bitch. There should be kitten videos and kittens waiting for you to give them supper. There should be browsing in the bookstore and sharing your ebooks. There should be bloggers. There should be journalists doing investigative reporting. There should be getting paid for your work. There should be peaches and farmers’ markets and Apple and Android. There should be ubiquitous computing and cloud data. There should be peace and quiet. There should be lying on the grass identifying cloud animals. There should be linked data. There should be big data and effective analytics. There should be privacy. There should be Garage Band and baby grands and ukuleles and kazoos and learning how to play guitar from your uncle. There should be days when you don’t consume any electricity or petroleum. There should be smart phones and smart shirts and smart hats. There should be community gardens. There should be togetherness right here and across space and time and each of us with a room of our own. There should be technology and nature and creativity and peace.

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