I’ve always been a big fan of technology. Though I’ve had plenty of luddite moments in my life, I’ve often adopted technologies early on and attempted to make significant use of them.
Technology is often seen as something only affordable by the few, or something only the geek genius can use – it’s far from it. My 80 year old mother now gets most of her news, hotel reservations, orders books and even checks out drugs (prescribed) online. She can also lay down some phat beats on Reactable for the iPad.
The one thing that technology is able to do that I hold above all else, is its ability to level the playing field. The more advanced technology gets, the cheaper it is and most accessible it becomes. So, we no longer need to have Pink Floyd’s budget to produce a piece of extraordinarily experimental music.
Technology is far from elitist, it can be a cheap and often free tool to allow us to compete with the establishment. This is very evident in the music and film industries. These creative pursuits are now, more than ever, in the hands of the people who create, not just the people who control them.
I had the pleasure and misfortune to sit through my favorite and least favorite science fiction films of this year – Monsters and Battle Los Angeles. The former on a budget of a $15,000 and the later surpassing $100,000,000. Monsters presents a believable post-invaded earth with subtlety and brilliance in it’s use of CGI beyond any film I have seen, all created in the directors home studio on technology not far out of the reach of many people. Battle Los Angeles was another steaming turd squeezed out of the arse of Hollywood accountants, and is as unbelievable as it is culturally sickening.
But I digress. Here’s to technology! And remember – every time you hear someone complaining that the internet is destroying the music industry or HD digital cameras are destroying the film industry, just remember that what they really mean is now vastly more people have an opportunity.