We live in a technologized world where humans do new things with tools every day. Yet most of the stories we read (and, let's be honest, write) are about what companies or researchers are doing. We don't look at the technologies in use so much as the business or development of new things.
Historians of technology like David Edgerton warn that we shouldn't think about tech as a progressive wave of ever-better inventions, but a patchwork of things from different times strung together into systems by people. The culture shapes the systems as they, in turn, shape the culture. We want to tell more of these stories about people, and we want your help.
Here's what we're looking for: Adventures with technology. We want exciting stories—the kind that warrant telling your friends—about what it's like living with technology these days. We want you to be able to execute quickly, on a scale measured in days. You don't have to be at the center of the story, but someone should be.
To help guide people, we're gonna try out a Rookie-like theme this month, too. It is: Erased and Recovered, stories of losing and finding.
A hard drive in a trash can. A dead drop in a wall. A brain that can't quite access what it used to know. An old flame's account springing back to life. A genealogical odyssey. A lost email of great import. An image that just won't go away. We are promised that the cloud will never lose anything. That there is always a way to get the bits back. Can we still lose things? Do we still have the energy to go to the effort of searching for things not easily found online?