The first hard drive I ever bought was $1,400.00 and it was back in the early 80’s. We’re not talking about the computer; that in itself was around $6,000. I’m just talking about the storage drive; it did the same job a modern $10 memory stick or card does now.
Up until about a year ago it still worked; as did the computer it was installed in. Before I ‘e-cycled’ it the last thing I did was erase the drive, it was running as good as the day it was built.
Now, this old ‘bucket of bytes’ wasn’t good for graphics of any nature; it only had text. It was, basically, a ‘virtual’ mechanical typewriter; a mature technology in itself way better then pen and paper for communication.
It’s obvious from this way of considering how our methods of communication have evolved with the needs of our civilization.
These days, video and audio allow us to communicate using tools to enrich both sets of hemisphere thinkers, alike. Thank Steve Wozniak and his partner Steve Jobs, the next time you watch a video on YouTube. Apple, along with many in the industry, brought multimedia to the masses in ways our forefathers could never have dreamed of.
What many people don’t realize is that the creation of these tools themselves is never a left-brained or right-brained process, only. The ability to conceptualize in the abstract is just as significant as the ability to quantify and process the logical procedure and methodology necessary, in the construction of computer programs.
The design of computer software is as much an art as it is a science. Yes, even nerds can be artistic. Now, thanks to them, artists can be nerds as well.
The modern tools we see being put to use in this and other web logs on the internet are continuing examples of how existing manual tools for communication have been evolving throughout the decades of the computer revolution. From home-made cartoons, to basement rock band videos, to world-wide stars who broadcast their own television shows to the world, live from their parent’s basement living room, the visual arts have never had a more diverse range of stages from which to perform upon.
We live in a time where the need to communicate is more critical then ever before. Our world depends on our ability to put these tools to work, creating more effective and realistic approaches to the way we manage the issues facing our society as a whole.
Imagine what we’ll be building, next. I don’t have the answer, but we all, do.