Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Coincidence

I started getting pains in my arm and wrist at the end of last year that I'm probably incorrectly referring to as RSI without a medical diagnosis. Since then, I have also been reading uncarved.org blog regularly. It's written by a guy called Jim Eden and in between his posts about dub reggae, grime, punk rock and police brutality, he's been talking about living with RSI. In his latest post he conducts an interview with his own arm which is both funny and scary. Right, I'm now going to stop using my Mac for unessential things for the rest of the day and book an appointment with my GP this week!

Saturday, 9 May 2009

It has come to this…edit


I recently started an exercise in recording my media interaction. Initially I limited this to my consumption of published media, such as TV, websites, newspapers and magazines. I have since broadened this out to include media, medium and tools etc that I use on a daily basis, be that computer hardware and software, notepads, pens, recording devices, listening devices etc. Outside of one or two that I am forced to use in order to earn a living, these are items that I do not need to physically function on a day to day basis but are choices that have become habits and are taken for granted most of the time. Adbusters bought to my attention the phrase 'mental environment' in regards to the daily visual bombardment we all consciously and subconsciously absorb from the side of busses, billboards and adverts in magazines etc. Well, this is my own personal 'mental environment' that I have constructed around my life. I have utilised pretty much everything in this list within the last 7 days:

Creative Review
Eye
Tate Etc
Adbusters magazine
Wire magazine
thewire.co.uk
The Guardian
Design Observer
CR Blog
Eye Blog
Noisy Decent Graphics
Graphic Journey Blog
Johnson Banks Blog
Uncarved Blog
Design Assembly
BBCNews.co.uk
Guardian.co.uk
BBC 1,2,3 & 4
ITV 3 & 4
Channel 4
Film 4
BBC Radio 4
BBC 6music
Facebook
MySpace
Blogger
Wordpress
Delicious
Flickr
Google
Wikipedia
Wolsey.ucs.ac.uk
YouTube
Vimeo
Spotify
Amazon
iTunes store
iTunes
Address Book
iCal
Safari
Firefox
Mail
Outlook
Internet Explorer
NewsFire
Preview
iChat
MobileMe
QuickTime Pro
Font Book
Image Capture
SuperDuper!
Snap N Drag
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Acrobat Professional
CS Premier
CS Bridge
Dreamweaver MX
Apple various
Dell PC
DAB Radio
Toshiba hard drive
iOmega hard drive
Cruzer memory stick
HP printer/scanner
Sony Ericsson camera phone
Olympus camera
Panasonic headphones
Cambridge Audio stereo
LG TV
Wii
Pilot pen
Moleskin notebook
Verbatim CDs
Samsung DVDs
Xerox paper
Canon photocopier
Staedtler pencil
Swann Morton scalpel
Harmon/Kardon speakers

I have found this process both interesting and banal in equal measures and am still thinking about what it means to consume/use so much with so little active consideration. Taking these items for granted and purely on face value without considering how any of this stuff actually works, was produced, its psychological, social or environmental cost could be considered as crass, arrogant, decadent and selfish. I would not contest any of these descriptors. But this is what my life is made up of at this moment in time. Right here, right now, it has come to this. I'm not talking content. You can read much into my reading habits and probably make a fair assumption about my character and have a broad stab at some of my opinions. I am much more interested in what my lack of consideration of the utilities I use daily say about me, other than the fact that I need to get out more?

This post has been edited in the light of a comment posted discussing semantics. NB