James T. Green is a conceptual artist, radio producer, writer, and educator from Chicago, Illinois, and now in Brooklyn, New York.


Analog vs. Digital

Create a desk that separates the two, have them exist in a different world rather than together. The constant draining of a battery allows for ideas to grow.

When the battery on my laptop died, the instant distraction of constant connection died and I allowed for those to be a pencil/paper connection. While I hail the greatness that comes from content digital connections, it allows so much for distraction just a click away. The pen and paper is pure utilitarian, nothing is a Twitter feed away.

With the immediacy of the internet, everyone has begun to stare into rectangles our whole lives. So how does someone remain semi-relevant in an age where immediacy reigns supreme? Slowing down helps a ton. Realizing the joy in having moments to take in the world around you, appreciate handwriting, stepping away from a screen, watching pencils glide across a page, allowing space for inline notes and life to get thoroughly messy.

Sometimes, its was to forget the importance in investing in one’s self. How vastly needed that is. The ability to purchase items that you will use in the future to learn with. Right now, I’m having that fight with ebooks vs. physical books. The ability to preview and read a book immediately vs. purchasing with the intention of sharing with others. What is the correct method? Is there a correct method?

In the end, I feel like I will do both, reading from an iPad and book, and not being sure what median is best. There’s a romantic nature that occurs from reading a book in public. Something that’s only achieved from actual reading and actual writing. Does the internet connected age make us more slimy? Less slimy? Does it hinder or embrace our creativity? Does it allow for more distraction or more information? I believe it gives you access to more than you ever bargained for, but much easier to not expand and create.

James T. Green