Are you a skim reader like me? Do you read a whole paragraph from someone on Facebook yet only manage to fully absorb several lines in total? I think most of us are, well, those of us that write and read a lot or deal with large quantities of data day in and day out. Take me for example. I go into work, read newspapers, read documents, write documents and proofread them, create, design, code and so much more. Then, I come home from a hard days work and the last thing I want to be presented with when finally sat on my computer is a heap of information about some dude that helped some kid or similar. You know, the text that infamously proceeds the heartwarming picture that takes 20 minutes to read. It’s not limited to the all but familiar sob story; examples can be life stories, what people did with their days, pictures and video’s I generally can’t be bothered with and so on.
Do you feel as if you’re bombarded with information? Crazy amounts of media thrown your way? It exists everywhere now. I remember a time when Information existed only in the words that we spoke to each other, ITV, Channel 4 and the all important drive-by billboard. Look at us now? Adverts on our mobiles, the internet, PCs, shops, TV, Sky, Business Cards; I can go on for hours listing all the ways in which information is presented to us. It’s a crazy concept, think about it, do you filter information as aforementioned in the previous paragraph? Ever heard the infamous catchphrase tl;dr (Too long; didn’t read)?
It’s a very interesting subject, “Information”. One that I would very much love to delve further into the depths of the subconscious and imagination to explore in a fuller sense.. buuuuut I don’t want to bore you with that. Did you know that information is subjective? By this I mean what we perceive from the information that we have been handed can be a different set of instructions, prompts and social queues for the person standing next to you. Why? Well, imagine the person next to you as one big heap of life experience; starting from the day that they were born. Their parental influences, external factors and social experiences all working together in unison to influence their perception and judgement towards the world around them.
If you were to present me with a computer with an internet connection, I would see in front of me a highly engaging work and social tool with many avenues for continued use and care. Firstly I would wonder the specification of it, how much it would cost me to upgrade it should I need to, and if the computer was of reasonable quality for which I would use it. This is me on a basic level of thought and it would take a mere moment to think this.
The thought process for someone with limited functional capability may view the computer as an expensive social tool, where one can chat for hours on end to distant friends or they may even view it as a towering pillar of responsibility, one not to be trifled with; the slightest touch may have it beeping and buzzing and then exploding. Do you see the differences in thought? Both people have been given the same computer and nothing is different. The same can be attributed to absolutely everything in life, from the God that you worship to the coffee that you drink.