Technology Is Boring

BoredomOriginally begun September 28th, 2019, and pushed out as I clean out drafts.

There’s only so many times you can write about the same things.

In the past year I’ve spent a lot of time thinking, reading and writing (and throwing that writing away), considering my own writing, looking over old pieces I wrote for magazines, for blogs, for websites, and for odds and ends. There’s a few common threads.

Most of it has been about technology, which is appropriate because my life has been supersaturated with technology – so much so that the cliche of children teaching their elders about technology does not apply to me. I have yet to have a niece or nephew show me how to do something, instead, I end up having to show things to them – including on the nefarious mobile devices. This is because, at it’s core, technology has not changed.

With technology, we’ve simply managed to change mediocrity a bit. Some call it progress, fewer call it moving backward (there are no marketing departments trying to tell you technology sucks because everyone is selling you technology). The reality is that there have been changes, but those changes are… mediocre.

Technology is boring, and yet, there are aspects we must pay attention to in the information age, from technocolonialism to data sovereignty, from censorship to privacy.