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Transformation Tuesday — Digital Edition
The digital world has altered the human life in virtually every aspect. While there are still a few outliers who treasure baseball cards and hoard photo albums, the value of the atom is definitely dwindling. After all, what happens if Babe Ruth’s baseball card is lost? Where’s the value?
Nicholas Negroponte’s Being Digital explains that while most of our information is delivered in the form of atoms (newspapers, books, etc.,) a bit has no color, size, weight, and can ultimately travel at the speed of light.
It appears as if there is no question as to which is “better” — atoms < bits. However, atoms do seem to provide a sense of ownership that cannot be found in most bits. After all, who would ever care about a virtual baseball card?
Nonetheless, check out some of these physical items or notions that have become outshined by their digital successors:
1. VHS vs. Streaming Service
2. Roadmap vs. GPS
3. Physical Activity vs. Video Gaming
4. Postal Mail vs. E-mail
5. CD vs. Music Streaming
6. Blind Date vs. Dating Service
7. Print Newspaper vs. Online Newspaper
8. Social gathering vs. Social Media
9. Phone Book vs. Contacts App
10. Painting vs. Graphic Design
The question remains: how has this extensive use of bits affected the social aspect of our lives? Are we no longer capable of navigating through our own town without a GPS? Ultimately, these bits have become extensions of ourselves, therefore affecting every aspect of our lives. Our bills are increasingly moving to support our digital lives, by paying for phone plans, wireless Internet, and cloud storage.
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