Some thoughts about tech

Dumber than a Goldfish

Did art die with the proliferation of technological devices? According to Paul Virilio, telegraph and television that allows instantaneous transmission of visual and audio heralded the death of art.[1] In the old days, mental images were formed through processing of perception and consolidation of natural memory. Now with technologies blatantly providing visual and audio with little room for the viewers to process their perception, the beauty of “productive unconsciousness” is lost. As a result, our attention span is curtailed and so are our imagination skills. A recent article by Time magainze actually supports this phenomena. The article titled “You Now Have a Shorter Attention Span Than a Goldfish” describes how an increasingly digitalized lifestyle has affected the brain so much so that our average attention span dropped from 12 seconds to eight seconds. (http://time.com/3858309/attention-spans-goldfish/) With so many devices around us beeping with notifications, it is undeniably difficult to focus on one activity. Apparently, the average time that one visually is concentrated on a website is within the milliseconds. This becomes a vicious cycle as advertisers flood the web with flashing banners and pop-up windows to retain viewers attention.


[1] http://cmuems.com/excap/readings/virilio-the-vision-machine.pdf

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