Posted by: Gregoryno6 | March 31, 2011

And I ask, why pick on architects?

An article at Slate magazine poses the question:

Have computers made architects less disciplined?

If I might rephrase that: have computers made anyone MORE disciplined?

Speaking for myself, the answer is no. If you look into the guts of my device’s OS (XP Home, for the record) you’ll find its name given as Magic Toybox Mk II. The Magic Toybox – every time I open it I discover a new distraction. Youtube, Urlybits, other blogs, PhukkingPhacebook… I can watch movies on the computer. I can listen to music on the computer. I can eat a meal and wind down with a beer at the computer. It scares me that the only thing I haven’t done yet is crap while I’m sitting at the computer. And I’m thinking seriously about moving the wastepaper basket to another room.

I gave up on television about thirty years ago, when the programs began to look more and more like filler for the spaces between the ads. Those were the days when I sneered at people who got home from work, parked in front of the idiot box and vegetated until bedtime. The computer requires a tad more interaction, but still it sucks time away. Sit down to check emails, follow that by googling some idle name that falls into your head, and before you know it you’re an hour later for whatever else you were going to do. Sound familiar?

Are architects less disciplined with computers? If they are, they have plenty of company.

(Hat tip to Pablo Blasberg for this uncannily accurate portrait. Even though I don’t wear glasses.)


Responses

  1. Hi,
    I think you will find there is someone somewhere that has a computer in the toilet, I would be very surprised if there isn’t. đŸ™‚
    It’s amazing how fast time seems to fly when your on the computer, this has always amazed me. You think, I’ll check e-mails, blog, read other blogs, and then I’ll do such and such, and you look up and a couple of hours may have past.

    You are so right about TV, with all the new channels we have (free to air) it hasn’t got any better at all, it’s a lot better to pick what you want to watch on the computer, without ads as well.

    • Turns out if you go to Google Images and enter ‘computer in toilet’… well, I won’t spoil it for you.
      I’ve just watched the first series of Mad Men on disk, and you’re right, without the ad breaks it’s actually pleasant to watch a tv program.


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