Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are almost singlehandedly responsible for destroying our country. Yes, even I, who belongs to the “iGeneration,” will agree with that statement. If I had a dollar for every time I heard an adult say, “put down your phone” or “go outside” I could pay my undergrad tuition right up front. It certainly appears that a tech surge has destroyed the desire in those my age to cultivate lasting human relationships. But what if I told you about some cutting-edge type tech that could rebuild these relationships in anywhere from four minutes to two hours? Even more so, what if I said that I planned to use the tech that is currently destroying us to do this very rebuilding?
In reality, the fix to this problem is not cutting-edge at all; it’s been right in front of us the entire time. Three words: songs and movies. “Now hold up Mitch…I think tech times tech equals tech squared…how does more tech fix the problem you just described?” Valid point there, it really is. See, the real problem lies with the fact that my generation hasn’t heard the right songs or seen the right movies. I’m talking about the ones that give you chills. Make you cry. Make you sit on your couch with your mouth hanging open. I’m talking about the ones that make you want to get up and do something about what you just saw or heard. Certain songs and movies give us insight into who we really are as a species, and teach us lessons one beat or scene at a time. This is the tech my generation needs to be exposed to.
Ideally, I’d like to focus my blog on the power behind some of my favorite songs or favorite movies. I plan to talk about the driving force behind every chord or measure, stunt or frame that elicits the tears, chills, or awe most of us will say never happened. In 500 words, I want people racing to couches or fighting over headphones, ready to experience the sheer power behind what I think are some of humanity’s best opportunities for technological redemption.