The Age of Competing Convenience

If you’ve ever seen the very last scene from Men in Black where the camera is panning out and moving farther away from Earth that passes through galaxies and galaxies until it imagines us as a tiny, insignificant marble in the hands of a giant Alien, then you will understand when I say that that minute and a half of that movie had to be one of the first existential crisis I ever had. I couldn’t say it began my love for science and technology but it was a indeed a factor. I tend to think quite frequently about that scene when it comes to learning how to code and my experience at Flatiron School so far.

A lot of growing up was getting lost in science fiction books or movies. It was taking this idea based on current society’s technologies and creating these future hypotheticals or realities. Think of how William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer, inspired the idea of the ‘Matrix’, a virtual reality that is synonymous with the actual one. I mean, despite the bleak outlook, we are now at a point where virtual reality is part of everyday life in some places and will continue to become more apparent. Science fiction is here for us to critically think about what is going to come next. I know Ferris Bueller tells us to stop and take a look around at the present, which I primarily agree because the human condition is still hardly figured out, but it’s so hard not to look towards the future and get both excited and worried about the strength of where technology can go.

In the book, A Modern Utopia, H.G. Wells explains a dynamic utopia, which is how society is perpetually changing and will continue to change and we just have to ride the wave and adapt. Even if that wave is continuing to build a more powerful security system against the villains of the world, inspiring others to adapt to this inevitable change or creating inspiring narratives of web design/entertainment that harmoniously ties together art and technology.

I’m this tiny little fish in the vastness of the sea that is the internet. I’ve kind of come to a mid-point at my time here at Flatiron and had to take a step back to really absorb all of what I’ve learned. I don’t think I’d be able to confidently tell you just 2 months ago that I’d be able to build a fully functioning, dynamic website by this point but it has arrived and I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of what you can actually do. There has been such great support here with the people at Flatiron and I feel like despite what outside coding life throws at you, knowing that there is something there waiting to be developed and get excited about really helps life’s little speed bumps.

Programming is a perpetually changing and evolving career and what seemed like science ‘fiction’ just 10 years ago, is an actuality today. Most everything within building websites runs through the Asset Pipeline because why choose the road of redundancy when you can pipe through something already there and focus on new and improved stuff? The frequency of this change is going to make programming modular, where everything could become homogenous in terms of the roles in communication between languages.

In terms of where technology and web design will go, I’ve included a few links to articles with some perspectives as well as a book called The Age of Context (hence the title of this blog). I’ve just only started reading it but it illustrates an aspirational future of technology and lays a hypothetical path of where it will go next. Just like the community within Flatiron, the book has a refreshing take on learning and gets you excited about the future of responsive web design.


The Age of Context: