Is instant the new insanity? I don’t know about you, but I am getting a little annoyed at the idea that we should have access to everything we want, exactly when we want it.
For instance, I was listening to the radio this morning and the announcer said something like, “Can’t hear the show when it’s actually on the air? No problem. Just listen to our podcast whenever you want to.” Now on the surface, this doesn’t sound like such a bad thing. I mean, who doesn’t have a packed schedule? But then I started thinking ( which is not necessarily a good thing when I’m driving) if I’m too busy to listen when something is being broadcast, aren’t I likely to be too busy later, and besides, there will be SOMETHING ELSE that I simply must hear or watch by then.
The idea that things can be produced or procured instantly is insidious. Does owning a cell phone mean that you should be available to anyone at every moment? And more importantly, does this scourge of instant-ness cross over into how we think about making and experiencing art? ( I knew I would get around to talking about art sooner or later.) My artmaking process is slow and considered. Observations of light and detail, and the depiction thereof doesn’t happen instantly. Television and internet images come at us fast and from all directions. Maybe we need to slow down, realize that we will miss some things, but that maybe the act of choosing what we want to experience, and then taking the time to experience those things fully, isn’t a bad idea.
I’m just sayin.