3.2.10 PDX

March 3, 2010

Wrapping up an intense day mostly spent in NE Portland after working in community garden for a while. Just back from Final Cut Pro Users Group (FCPUG) meeting at Portland Community College (PCC) about doing animation combining old school technology with new school tools. I love those combinations of old and new, ancient and modern, tribal and techno, primal and digital. But I often come back to the topic of how technology can, in many cases, lead to dependencies and “fuzzy logic.” I remember seeing street life in NYC change drastically as cell phones were introduced. Less interaction, less serendipity, less potential for tapping into telepathic skils and truly experience synchronicity of one’s immediate surroundings. I, of course, love technology and the tools of the modern world. But I really think we need to know when and how to use the tools and to keep them primal, that is, directed towards our needs/goals/values/dreams, etc. Not like channel surfing until your eyes bleed and realizing you should have turned off the idiot box hours ago. Not text messaging while driving a car or playing Super Mario for 8 hours on a beautiful day. Honor the tools, the food, the love, the earth, the friends and family that surround you and use but don’t abuse the tools and gifts you have access to. Of course, have fun too! Creativity often comes through improvisational moments and access to the right tools. Give thanks and keep it primal!


One Response to “3.2.10 PDX”

  1. vidabalance Says:

    🙂 Nicely said! Your reflection on “old and new, ancient and modern, tribal and techno, primal and digital” is interesting. It opens the discussion up more as abstract instead of personal. It also makes me think about how we define technology, though. In a couple of my classes this quarter, we have discussed technology a lot. What types of technologies do organizations use? How close are they to their power source? How self-sustaining are they? We also talked about convivial technologies and the idea that a shovel is actually a type of solar-powered technology (humans eat plants or plant-eating animals), and the use of that shovel requires much less input than a backhoe for example.

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