I had a revelation the other day. Ok, maybe it was the Nyquil/Flu derived drible in the middle of the night.
It started with a simple question posed by my 4 year old daughter: “Why can’t I have this TV show right now?”, she asked pleading with me to magically make her favorite episode of her favorite TV show appear instantly. It’s not that I couldn’t do it. I mean I could if I navigated the menu items on the OnDemand function of my cable provider. It’s just that I didn’t want to do it. She had watched enough TV that day and that was that.
But it was her insistence on the mere fact that she could get whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted INSTANTLY in the comfort of her own living room that created some angst in my mind. It was this notion of INSTANTLY, that got me thinking. Not only do our kids have access to the latest and greatest ‘things’ instantly but so do we adults. And what got me even more uncomfortable with all of the speed and complexity of technology today is that throughout this chaos we live in, we are creating so many filters in our lives to tailor our world around us. [Read more…]