What digital wants

April 4, 2014

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I’m really starting to have an issue with our usage of the word “digital” as a noun. I guess it bothers me because as soon as we use this word in this way, it becomes easier for us to generalize in ways that I don’t think are particularly helpful. We start talking about “what digital can do for you” or “how digital changes us” or whatever. It starts to feel as if “digital” is a sentient being that has its own morals, values, and desires. And I just don’t believe that that is true.

Hrm. Maybe I should occasionally highlight things that I think are wonderful, instead of just things that annoy me. ;)

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