Lives and works in Vienna, AT
Hardly a day goes by without anyone worrying about when automation will rob our jobs, how the only realities are becoming more and more virtual these days, and why we can no longer focus on digital devices. We see today’s changes primarily as changes in what people do with their hands.
Hands are the right place to explain the rise of social media. Working with our hands should anchor us in practical, simple and earthly reality.
The new era of the Internet, the smartphone and the PC is having a radical impact on who we are and how we interact with each other. The old boundaries of space and time seem to have collapsed thanks to the digital technology that structures everyday life. We can instantly communicate across wide and tiny distances by skyping a relative on another continent or sending a text message to a classmate at the next table. Videos and photos are transmitted over the Internet at the push of a button, and social media transmits the details of public and private life. On the train, on the bus and in the car, people type and tap, surf and click, scroll and swipe.
Image Copyright Shirin Attar.