wave of nostalgia

06/29/06 at 4:54 pm | Posted in INQUIRER.net, Tech | Leave a comment

I’m really thankful for the reaction my column piece “Nostalgia and new technology” has gotten.

Our Global Nation editor Sylvia Mayuga included the column piece as an article in the site’s Mind Feeds section, complete with a great pic of the double helix and a lyrical caption. Thanks Sylvia, I really appreciate it!

Meanwhile, ITJournoAsia.com, the trade site that brings together Asian tech journalists, IT companies and PR firms in this field, cited “Nostalgia and new technology” in its Epitome column. Thanks MediaConnect (the Singapore-based group behind ITJournoAsia.com), especially Tan Lili and Aaron Koh, for your continuing support.

Since the site is password-protected, I’m reprinting the Epitome piece here:

Epitome: Yesterday once more with a mouse click
By Tan Lili & Aaron Koh
29/06/2006 03:06:36 PM

“When I was young I’d listen to the radio, waiting for my favourite song…” – Yesterday Once More by Carpenters

Oh, scrap that. We have YouTube now, why waste time waiting for your favourite tune to play on your radio?

Joey Alarilla, for INQ7, penned an interesting column on how technological developments had helped us inch closer to the past than before.

“Think about it: before the Internet became commonplace, it was harder to access the past. If you were fascinated by a certain subject, or were a fan of a certain celebrity, you had to work harder in those days,” wrote Alarilla.

“Maybe you had clippings from various magazines and newspapers that had articles about your idol. Maybe you had lots of pics that you cut out from these publications or bought from sidewalk vendors. You had to be a huge fan of a celebrity to devote that much time and effort.

“Unlike today, when whatever our interests may be, whoever our idols are, we can more easily find information online — and link up to others who feel the same way. Just Google or check out Wikipedia, and you’re already off to a head start.”

Alarilla then wrote about Web 2.0 and noted the heavy interaction between friends and strangers through the Internet had “virtually eliminat[ed] the notion of time”.

“Common interests. Common idols. People interact. Lives intersect. And just as the Internet has broken down geographical distances, so too is it virtually eliminating the notion of time,” he wrote.

“I don’t just mean that technology saves us time and frees us from the tyranny of traditional schedules. I mean that it is slowly conditioning us to no longer think of time as linear, but as a series of hyperlinks.

“To me, cyberspace is becoming an eternal now. Chances are, however long ago something has happened, however obscure something might be, information about it has made its way to cyberspace, for others to find and contribute to in turn.”

Click here to read his column.

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