While I was working today, I saw a bumper-sticker on the back of a car that anonymously said,
"It's clear that our technology has surpassed our humanity."
I instantly saw that as something of a throwback to simple things in life, as well as to a form of nostalgia. Indeed, with all the technological advances, tools and "toys" we have in our culture today, we have, in many, many ways, relied on technology to do things for us. (I doubt, though, we will become giant blobs like those in WALL*E.) In addition, while technology has given us whole new ways of interacting with others, it has also created distances and lines between us. In other words, we've become so technology-oriented that simple things like a conversation or a meal don't go without texting or messaging and so forth. I read a magazine a couple years ago where Clint Eastwood briefly commented on the notion and issues of communication in society and culture. He said something like, "Whatever happened to just two people talking to each other? Can't they just put the cell phones away or something?"
I don't consider myself a very technological person. Granted, I use the internet. I watch videos on You Tube. I text. And I use my phone. But I don't have everything on my phone, like ringtones or features that cost extra money. And I'm much rather prefer that. I like simple things. Furthermore, I like things that were once the real deal, like VCRs, typewriters, cameras with removable film, and so forth. I'm going a little off-topic here, but let's consider not bombarding ourselves with the latest gadgets or devices or products. Instead, let's practice being content, as well as valuing conversations with other people. On this same note, let's remember to value other things and other people, regardless of certain things.
I came across a quote this evening, while surfing online, about British singer Adele, and about her success this year, critically and commercially. Foo Fighters' lead singer Dave Grohl said in a September 13 issue of USA Today last week,
"People are blown away that Adele is selling so many records. I'm not. That record is great! She's got a beautiful voice, and people are shocked when they hear actual talent. Music should be more than ad placement, more than synthesized looping of a voice that's been Auto-Tuned and an image made to look like a superhero or supermodel."
I couldn't agree more. I value and respect artists who aren't in the game for success or fame, but rather because they care about their craft and about what they do. I've only listened to (and am familiar with) a few songs by Adele, but I'm aware she does have a great voice and carries an authenticity in her music that's catchy, honest, and raw.
Today's random thoughts are courtesy yours truly,