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Technology, Life out of balance

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Subject-Keyword: Technology Life out of balance

Type of item: Journal Article Published

Language: English




Date created: 2011

DOI: doi:10.7939-R3D57Z

License information: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported


Autor: Truitt, M.

Fuente: https://era.library.ualberta.ca/


Editorial: Koyaanisqatsi L ife out of balance.
Those who saw it will surely recall the 1982 film that juxtaposed images of stunning natural beauty with scenes of humankind’s intrusion into the environment, all set to a score by Philip Glass.
The title is a Hopi word meaning “life out of balance,” “crazy life,” “life in turmoil,” “life disintegrating,” or “a state of life that calls for another way of living.” While the film, as I recall, relied mainly on images of urban landscapes, mines, power lines, etc., to make its point about our impact on the world around us, it did include as well images that had a technological focus, even if the pre–PC technology exemplars shown may seem somewhat quaint thirty years later.1 The sense that one is living in unbalanced, crazy, or tumultuous times is nothing new.
Indeed, I think it’s fair to say that most of us—our eyes and perspectives firmly and narrowly riveted to the here and now—tend to believe that our own specific time is one of uniquely rapid and disorienting change.
But just as there have been, and will be, periods of rapid technological change, social upheaval, etc.—“Been there, done that, got the t-shirt,” to recall the memorably pithy, if now slightly oh-so-aughts, slogan—so too have there been reactions to the conditions that characterized those times.
A couple of very different but still pertinent examples come to mind. In the second half of the nineteenth century, a reaction against the social conservatism and shoddy, mass-produced goods of the Victorian era began in England. Inspired by writer and designer William Morris, the Arts and Crafts movement emphasized simplicity, hand-made (as opposed to factory-made) objects, and social reform. By the turn of the century, the movement had migrated to the United States—memo to self: who were the leading lights of the movement in Canada?—finding expression in the “Mission-style” furniture of Gustav Stickley, the elegant ar...

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