Recently, i was looking through some old stuff at my room, trying to make more space, when i found some old glossy fashion mags. Remember them? The ones with the fresh paper smell, that you had to turn the page, to read the next article? The ones that had perfume strips on them, for you to rub your hand? Yes, they still exist, they’re not free like “Who,what,wear”, or “The Sartorialist”, but you can touch them. You can store them. You can cut their pictures and create real inspiration boards, to put on your wall. I mean you can’t hang your laptop, can you?
With less than a month for Christmas,and after writting the last post about 10 gifts for him, i started thinking, that an era has come to an end, and most of us haven’t even noticed it.
The analogue era.
When i was a kid, Christmas didn’t only mean taking a break from school, or receiving an ATARI. It meant going shopping with my mom, for gifts and Christmas cards. Cards for grandma, grandpa, my favorite aunt,my best friend. Carefully thinking the wishes or poems i was going to write down, seal the envelope and eagerly waiting for that happy, receiving call from them.
Now, i haven’t done this, for over 15 years, which actually makes me sad, cause it’s another thing to give something for them to hold and another thing to receive a bulk sms, an email, or an e-card.
And this is not what the internet has brought. It is overall, the rapid growth of technology that changes our lifes every day. The small things become big things, and before you know it, some of the most amusing habits,some of the most joyful things, become a typical socialization or an easy “transaction”.
Shopping is another habit, that has really changed its face. Over the last three years, the times that i have gone outside shopping with a friend, have been really rare. Which is making me remember how much fun i used to have and try to think of the reasons i stopped doing that.
Shopping wasn’t just shopping, it was like a girls day out. Shopping while gossiping, drinking a coffee to take a break, then shopping again, then eating out. It was SO much fun. Now all i do, is drink that coffee on my bed on a Sunday morning, bookmarking the best new arrivals, to think all week what i’m going to add to my cart on the next Sunday.
E-stores, have such a variety, lower prices, are less tiring, you can buy it all in once place, have it delivered to your door and of course you do not have that annoying woman beside you, nervously waiting to see if you’re going to buy the awesome leggings you hold. But that was the joy of it. The feet hurting from the four hour walk, the last pair of shoes that this woman bought (and you wanted them so much), the t-shirt that you and your bff both loved and both got.
Moving from analogue to digital, the impact on our lives varies. From everyday habits, to arts and crafts. But as the whole world knows, the art that has lifted the heavier burden of all, is music. Who can say that an mp3 sounds better, warmer and fuzzier than the scratches of an old vinyl? Of course, an mp3 can go anywhere with you. On a laptop, in the car, on your cell, but i recall the time when i was a teenager and discovered my dad’s record collection, and it didn’t really bother me that i couldn’t carry them around.I had RECORDS. I prefered to go to my room, lower the lights, put the record on, fill a glass, and dance around it. I recall the time, when i was in England, spending endless hours in record stores, searching through hundreds of dusty old vinyls, to discover Nina Simone 45s. What a joy!
And the photographs. Oh, the childhood photographs. The 36 analogue photos, we printed and used to look over and over, again and again. The 36 photos, of an entire summer, that made their way into a photo album, organized by date or importance. Can you organize a file on your laptop by importance? No, you can’t. 36 amazing and spirit-capturing photos, compared to 300 of “hey, who’s he on this one?” No, thank you.
The thing i am trying to figure out today, is if some things have lost their value,over the decades and shuttered by the speed of technology. Do we enjoy music less, now that we can listen to it everywhere? Do we really communicate with each other, when we give our wishes through facebook? Do we value each other, less? I can tell you one thing, i used to memorize my friend’s birthdays, so i wouldn’t forget them. Now i have facebook doing that for me. I used to create collages with mag photos, now i have pinterest, but i have to remember to visit it.
I swear to you my friends, my next post is going to be written down, with a pen on a paper. I am gonna scan it and show it to you.