response to cultural logic of computation
In David Golumbia’s The Cultural Logic of Computation, some of the ideas that really resonated with me were the arguments that computers can’t “save us,” shouldn’t replace real social interaction, and cannot really represent our experiences. I think that most of us, without thinking about it too much, would probably say that we feel empowered by our ability to constantly access and create information: many of us share, post, tweet, read, respond, check in etc. all day long without thinking twice. We use social media and the Internet to represent our experiences, whether or not those experiences align with reality. But Golumbia seems to be arguing that being “digital” is not actually empowering, but the opposite.
So, naturally, while I was procrastinating by looking at Facebook, I found this video that describes how technology is changing not only our social interactions and sense of what constitutes an acceptable or interesting social interaction, but also the way our brains are wired. Basically, the video describes how we’ve replaced real-life conversation with online connection and it’s making us lonelier than ever before. In one way, it is empowering to be able to create an online presence…but are we giving up so much in the form of real social interaction that we are actually losing power over our own well-being? I don’t think I can make an argument that this is good or bad, true or false, because I think the effects of creating and sharing so much information remain to be seen…but it’s definitely interesting to think about.