Just as you were thinking you had seen it all for the day comes the blast that throws you into even deeper questions. Allow me to start with the news : Developped by the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, at the University College London in order to observe major cities' tweet activites, the tweet-o-meter is today displayed in the British Library for the public eyes to see ... in a very particular way.
As you can see in the image above, the tweet activity of every city is shown in a gauge, a Titanic gauge if one might say. But the most interesting thing about the Fast Company article I encountered is this video :
Needless to say, the title is incredibly well-chosen : Invisible cities. This is where we're at. This is where we live. I was watching Ze Frank's TED talk at the same time
This is above inspiring, though it's a collection of works and anecdotes. Dear reader, this is where we live
When you see someone in awe in front of their phone or laughing after reading something on their computer screens, when you see people cry in the subway looking at a text or concentrated on a facebook post, mailing people, tweeting their mood, completing their blog entry for the day ... This IS life today
We're not opting out of anything, we're simply going towards a new type of social interaction. No doubt, less face-to-face, but what is sure is that we ARE opting for choice. So presently, in whomever's company we are, we can chose, as inelegant and impolite as this may sound, with who else we want to be, and our phones are here to allow just that, and in a very discrete manner. This is becoming our reality. Not because it was bestowed upon us. But because we chose it.
Does this sound like a better future ? I don' t know. I don't want to know. But it certainly will be a different future. And I can't wait to see