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


Post-Election and Technology

What now.

After heavily involving myself with the recent election, I wondered where my current mindset is and began to look at the world differently, shifting my thinking. I’ll admit, in 2008, I was not as informed a voter as I previously thought I was, but this year I invested heavily in becoming more knowledgable in what my country is doing.

Utilizing technology, I attacked the election from all angles. Subscribing to numerous podcasts, following knowledgable individuals on Twitter and Tumblr, even figuring out which websites did live television streaming, as I do not have cable. My life for the last few months swelled around politics and being an informed voter. It was my goal for 2012. It seems so easy to lose yourself in the grand scheme of things with technology giving you instant access.

I read in Wired that tech is the most disruptive when it does three things: “change our relationship to time, change our relationship to space, and change our relationship to one another.” It has to make time seem non existent, make distance seem infinite, and disturb how we communicate with other human beings.

After looking at the way I consumed news about the election, those three items were easily tapped. Time flew by as I consumed political news. Drives to and from the office turned my car’s speakers into a newsroom. An on-demand station at any point of time was at my disposal, all thanks to a 4G connection and a smart phone.

Distance was non existent. Anyone could post content and I was immediately a part of it. I immediately became part of rallies in Virginia by following an Instagram tag, from the comfort of home I became involved in the riots overseas…all at an instant.

Communication with others. With social media, I had an instant line with people I never thought to talk to. Asking questions on message boards, @ replying political thinkers on Twitter. 10 years ago, you could only achieve this type of communication by knowing a persons phone number and perhaps address to send a postcard to. An LCD panel had become a window of information.

It’s kind of crazy to think the type of power we’ve been given over the last few years. Yes these services may be free and we pay with our information, yes we are subliminally taking in advertising, but lets look at the bigger picture. Through technology, services, and a little bit of persistence, you can learn a hell of a lot. Whether that’s scary to you, I find it pretty amazing and disrupting.

James T. Green