Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Less abstraction, more distraction

When I first used a computer, I had to type on keyboard to get it to do things on the screen. There was no mouse. I would type in abstract commands and the processor would do things like show files and format text and print. When the mouse was introduced, it made my connection to the screen a closer one and less abstract. I could "move" things and manipulate them by moving my hand. Still, I was not directly doing things, but it felt more kinetically connected. Now I touch a screen, and it almost feels like I'm actually dragging the thing on screen, as if it's really right there behind just a couple of millimeters of slick glass. My use of this tool feels less abstract and more literal. I wonder what this does to my brain and to those brains that grow up with this more literal manipulation. I wonder if the sense of the thing behind the screen being more real and less abstract reduces the complexity of thought required to use the tool. I wonder if this increased feeling of the screen having a greater reality also increases the likelihood of it distracting me from the real world around me.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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