Letter59

As with all new technologies, computers seem to have dramatically changed our lives. We are more connected, we are living longer, knowing more, travelling more, and still exploring new possibilities. The difference with computers is that they are both elusive and all encompassing, drawing us into what I fear is a ‘technology trap’ as explained by James Burke. Like getting stuck in a lift that breaks down, we rely so much on computers that we are trapped and helpless when they inevitably fail.
Having a personal computer has become absolutely necessary today. It’s how I work and also relax, my source of information and space for creativity, my connection to the world.
The only time I have no access to a computer is at a festival. I find, time passes differently, slower, I am less anxious, and I find I don’t need the things I think I do. Having said that, I wouldn’t choose to live without my laptop.