“We are all on that train, the one that left print behind, the one where we are constantly in real time, where we know a little about everything and nothing about anything, really. And there is no quiet car.”
The train is a metaphor for life. It never stops moving. It’s all about the now space and time, just like the Internet.
If you get off the train, you’ll simply be left behind. Even if you hop back on, you will have skipped too many cars to catch up. But you may have given yourself a new life.
So if you and people like Jon Klein of Tapp are right, what does the future of TV look like? Is it just a set-top box with stations I subscribe to like podcasts?
I think that’s exactly what it is. Everything will become one giant ocean of content. And the people with the best branding will win. You will have to have advantages in search, in sorting, and in branding. If you’ve built a loyal audience, you have a tremendous advantage. Right now, I’d rather be us than them.
Tri-X is a dirty, grainy, rugged type of film popularized in the 1940s by Kodak.
“Grain is life,” Corbijn says, “there’s all this striving for perfection with digital stuff. Striving is fine, but getting there is not great. I want a sense of the human and that is what breathes life into a picture. For me, imperfection is perfection.”
The analog world may be heavier but at least it feels more like a raw experience. You also don’t know what you’re going to get.
“When I started, I felt that I didn’t want a normal job in photography, I wanted that sense of adventure when you meet someone and take a picture. I felt that digital is more like a job. You look at the screen to see if you have it right, then you take another picture. When I come back from a trip, I don’t know what I have exactly. I have to get it developed, so I won’t know for a couple of days. I like the tension of not knowing exactly what you have.”
Turning the pages of a paper book is like leaving one footprint after another on the trail—there’s a rhythm to it and a visible record of how far one has traveled.
I actually read faster and comprehend more on screen. I also feel like I have more control with a digital device, even if I’m one click away from Twitter.
Replicating the physical reading experience on the digital screen shouldn’t be the goal. Learning more is. You’re one click away from Wikipedia upon reading on a Smartphone or tablet. That’s more context that helps understand the bigger picture, how it all connects.
Digital reading is just a different style of consumption that will one day become the mainstream way to learn. It’s all about pictures anyway.