Don't Let Algorithms Rule Your Life

October 30, 2019

A vintage turntable and a dozen vinyl records can offer so much more than a #computer with access to every song in the world!

 

Those who prefer to use a turntable, choose carefully what artist they listen to. The #album should match the time of day; their current mood; and even helps energise them with what they are doing. They neither skip #songs nor jump to the end of the album. They enjoy listening to the whole album as it was planned by the artist.

 

Meanwhile, those who listen to #music on a portable device have immediate access to a wider selection of songs, but they don't usually own entire albums; don't notice that their skip button is almost broken due to severe abuse; and while listening to a song, they are already thinking about which song or artist they should listen to next. At the end of the day, they can't really say for sure which songs or artists they have been listening to...

 

The same thing happens with #photos - the smartphone camera is now the preferred device to record special moments, and with storage being so cheap nowadays, one can record as many 'special' moments as one wants. The problem is that most of these 'special' pictures are just seen once (immediately after they were taken), and then forgot about in a cloud or backup device. Why, because nobody prints pictures anymore?!

 

What about children? They have grown up in a #technological world where immediacy is not only readily accessible but always (always!) expected. They do need to be taught by their parents that patience is indeed a virtue, that special photos belong to a traditional photo album which will certainly be treasured in the future, that reading a #newspaper isn't the same as only reading the headlines in a #news #website or that watching a film in cinema isn't the same as watching short videos on YouTube and that reading a #novel isn't the same as #reading inspired quotes on #Facebook...

 

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