Why write about technology? Personally, I wonder how anyone could give up an opportunity to write about a process that is radically defining the way in which we interact with and define each other. As this blog has documented, technology is as much about communication as it is definitions. From innovation management software to open government data policy, the last decade has witnessed a de facto re-parsing of our collective reality. If the global economic recession of 2008 could be said to have been the unofficial funeral procession for the old wireless infrastructure, this new decade is the birth of a community that values entirely different things, while still retaining its essential humanity. Life may never truly change, but the way in which we choose to perceive it does.
We are inundated with unprecedented amounts of data available in an instantaneous format. Many of our social networks and basic personality preferences are now part of a larger searchable database; in essence, we all have the equivalent of personality dossiers online for virtually anyone to view. In first world countries, our work is becoming increasingly abstract and mutable. Yet, as we race to come together, we are simultaneously pulling apart, seeking to differentiate ourselves on an increasingly open and crowded global stage.
It is an era when we have forsaken individual nationality as being for callow rubes, in favor of embracing a ‘global’ identity. The American ideal of the ‘individual’ has been co-opted by branding, to the point where true mavericks are now considered to be crazy. We are living in a climate that is increasingly unpredictable, on a fuel system that is going to run out, in a political era which could either embrace a progressive approach or fall back to putting people’s heads on stakes.
Technology gives us an unprecedented global overview, allowing us to watch these events unfold in real-time. If you’re reading this, then you’re part of the process. As members of this society, we have a collective responsibility to try to create the conditions in which we want to live. That’s why I’ve chosen to write about technology. Stay tuned.