Hope we're not distracting you?
Absorbed for hours by an avalanche of content but not sure you have come out of it any richer? Perhaps digital technology breaks down into two types:
- 'Junk food' - occasionally just what you want but times you consume and just want more. e.g. certain social sites
- The more...er...nutritious variety. Helps you do things or go places you have not before. e.g. airbnb or stargazing apps
Ok. It is a bit of a simplification but perhaps a balanced technology diet would involve more of the latter with the odd 'junk food' treat.
Want to take it further? Become a creator. Obviously not everyone is going to become advanced programmers but it is remarkable what you can achieve with just a few simple skills in your back pocket.
What You Can Do
Sign up for a short class on how to make simple hardware projects e.g. Technology Will Save Us
Something broken or needs an upgrade. You can do it yourself
Some short(ish) articles:
- Fantastic article on the different asks technology has of you
- Staying up to date with the news has the same effect on your mind as eating junk food does on your body
The open source hardware movement
How The DIY Electronics Trend Is Empowering People, Communities, Businesses
The Maker Revolution
World changing potential of the making movement
The ifixit manifesto
here's a short film: Understanding the Maker movement
Really want to read in depth:
- A whole host of great making reasources for the next generation of digital makers- from the Make Thing Do Stuff campaign
- Program or be Programmed by Douglas Rushkoff
- Makers – the new industrial revolution by Chris Anderson
Oh and most importantly MAKE STUFF THAT MATTERS