The Slow Web philosophy is about “letting your pace drive technology, as opposed to technology driving you.” But is this what’s actually happening?
Ariel Malka, designer + programmer: “I obviously believe that slowing down, leaving room for mistakes, taking the time to explore, etc., is the way to go, but that’s usually not the approach of the average businessman or startup entrepreneur. It’s more the approach of an artist, an intellectual or a philosopher, which raises another question: Is technology mostly in the hand of entrepreneurs nowadays?”
Jack Cheng, startup-founder-turned-fiction-writer: “The point is that we can build all this tech with a good intent, we can even create things with the intent of slowing us down, making it easier to disconnect. But I wonder if the source of the problem is that reaction, the instinct of ‘we need to build something to solve this.’”
I’ve wondered the same thing. I feel like every day I hear about at least one new app or program designed to make my life easier, simpler. But often it offers to help me do something I don’t even need to do. Or adds a level of complexity that didn’t exist before it did.
I appreciate technology when it makes sense. But I also question if sometimes it’s really us using technology, or the other way around.
Quoted sections from an article on thedailybeast.com