A number of TV programmes are about how police catch criminals and social misbehaviour people through dash-cams, CCTV and helicopters. Soon it will be drones. Read more…
The Privacy Debate 2: Try the Digital Independence Diet for a Month, If You Dare
With all the talk of Ramadan (fasting in the hours of daylight for 30 days) and of various kinds of sacrificial diet fads, it is timely to wonder if health would improve if you could digitally diet for a period.
This idea was sent to me on the USA’s Independence Day (4 July) and is fitting to make us think, is it possible to decouple from much of the addictive and harmful elements of the digital world without wishing to actually vanish totally.
Dan Gillmor wrote in The Guardian on 4 July this year that he tried a decade ago to ‘sever ties with Microsoft, a pervasive and abusive technology monoploy.’
He said that he failed.
Shining a Light on the Digital Dark That May Be Coming
As the events to mark the start of the First World War get going this year, you may find it a cause of wonder how much material remains from those days and how we are able to understand so much of what went on in the trenches, at home.
But spare a thought for the future.
There are some who fear that we are headed for a digital dark age, where people know more about the starting decades of the 1900s than the equivalent period of the 2000s.
Time-lapse photography allows you to see the natural progression of time without living through that actual time. It is an artform.
It is a method of distorting the reality of time through recording still images at a very slow rate and playing them back at normal speed which gives the effect of rapid motion. It captures a series of moments. Buildings can be built and plants grow and die in minutes.
Green thinking is increasingly applied to our love affair with the car as Miles Per Gallon are far more important than Miles Per Hour these days.
In the past decade more eco-positive vehicles have been coming onto the market and drivers are more aware of environmental matters. Putting the foot on the gas pedal comes at a cost in fuel burn, and fuel is now so expensive.