I was at Strangeways coffee shop yesterday and noticed that a cheapo turntable through a low-end stereo and a set of crummy bookshelf speakers from the 1970’s sounded great. Smooth, articulate high-frequencies, and warm, nicely defined body-massaging low-frequencies. Everything was lush and nothing was ‘maxed-out’.
Fidelity and feel is a tired conversation in audio and photo, but yesterday I viewed Facebook on a laptop, and someone looking over my shoulder said ‘I forgot what that looked like.’
This morning I logged in to see an info-graphic of ‘the major brands’, meaning specifically the major industrialized food-product brands, and I realized that 100% of these products were superfluous, lower-quality alternatives to actual fresh food.
I think we are hitting an age where convenience in the form of access has usurped quality in every arena, and conversations about privacy and internet pipe aside, I think we are already seeing that the richness of the computer and internet experience is somewhat a thing of the past. The logical extension of smart devices is the eventual removal of voluntary user input, and then what’s the point if it tells you the present local weather at a glance. Ever heard of a barometer?
My eyes and my mind feel squeezed. The only thing the internet has streamlined in the last 5 years is shopping, and I’m shopped out. For everything else, the type input is too laborious, the search results too algorithmically obscured, and the access narrowing.
Should beautiful things be only for the privileged to experience and me to glimpse through a 4” diagonal window?