‘When so much of our interaction with other people and with our environment is mediated by the invisible, the visible seems less worthy of our attention.’*
‘When we talk to robots, we share thoughts with machines that can offer no such resistance, Our stories fall, literally, on deaf ears. If there is meaning, it is because the person with the robot has heard him- or herself talk aloud.’**
Maybe four or five years ago, I was part of a cohort shaping four environments of communication (oral, print, broadcast, and digital), each separated by liminal space.^ We then offered ourselves as guides to others as they explored the nature of these environments, from the village fire – where, for terns of thousands of years, people would talk to each other, though there would would be only small – all the way to the digital where people message each other – though there worlds are huge.
I’d sign off as guide by suggesting to each group that they now knew things others did not – knowing how to live with the most valuable elements of each age of communication.
We know this isn’t the reality. We’re clumsy users of technology, walking into each other because we on our smartphones as we walk down the street, or we send a text when once we’d pick up the phone, or actually meet another person. The “so much more to conversation, print, and image are being lost to us.
I am clumsy too, disembodied and disconnected from my visible worlds by invisible ones – you may be in front of me, but I look at my phone when it buzzes.
Some will turn their backs on technology, but I want to learn how to be more creative in how I use it, with others learning how to value the oral, print, and, even, the broadcast ages towards a more connected future.