Sunday, May 17, 2009
I recently bought a new portable CD player.
Backwards, I know. I felt as if I was purchasing a Betamax.
But the battery was running out on my $250 iPod, didn't feel like replacing it/didn't know how to replace it. Was tired of only getting 15-20 mins worth of play before it conked out.
Also, couldn't stand the intermediate step of loading my old CDs on the iTunes.
I just wanted something tangible and immediate.
Enter: the portable CD player.
Or the VHS.
Or the record player.
With these devices, I feel as if I have some control over the media I use. They feel real, real like when you use clay figures to portray King Kong instead of computer animation. CDs have weight. Records have even more weight.
But the defining characteristic of future media is no weight. No mass, no weight, no discernible location.
Merely code and impulses streamed from one virtual location to another.
Do we lose something in the equation?