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For Now , For Later, For Ever??

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Now, no denying I’m a technology fan! I grew up in a home that promoted it. I love new gadgets and am up to date with my phones and tablets , not to mention apps. I see merit in the often put down selfie stick and love a good selfie. It is great to be able to take a photo or video memory of an adventure or experience – without having to invade the personal space of others by interrupting them to take a photo for you . This also eliminates that embarrassing moment when you need to ask the stranger to again take the photo because their first attempt wasn’t good enough.

So while I love what technology can do, I’m a little concerned about its imposition on living in the moment. Yesterday I attended a Fleetwood Mac concert. It was an outdoor arena in the Hunter Valley ( 2 hours north of Sydney for those not familiar with the area). The weather wasn’t so kind to us concert goers but it didn’t impact on the quality performance given by the band.

The seats we had were very good and close enough to the stage to see the full facial gestures. The side screens were good for an occasional glance but the stage held my attention. What amazed me was I had to dodge around not just the patrons that felt the need to stand and dance  ( don’t get me started on that haha) but their two arms extended with camera device, eyes gazing up at their screen, filming the whole thing, watching the performance through the lens of their smartphone or other similar gadget. I suppose they can relive the moment later, but did they really live the moment as it evolved?

What are your thoughts? Can we be too obsessed with recording for the future that we miss the present?

My photos of the night 🙂

Capturing the mood

Capturing the mood

Steve Nicks belts out a tune to the smart phones

Steve Nicks belts out a tune to the smart phones

Mick Fleetwood's drum set

Mick Fleetwood’s drum set

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Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children who always make me proud, a wife and a full time school teacher. I love eating great food but am not motivated to cook. Love traveling around this great country in which I live. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

8 thoughts on “For Now , For Later, For Ever??

  1. A lot of people seem to be living for what they can produce for their social media accounts rather than enjoying life itself. Living it or recording it – we all get to choose don’t we? If I say much more about this topic, my age will definitely be showing. 🙂

  2. Haha, my daughter said I was showing my age when I commented that I wished people would sit down at concerts so I could see 😀

  3. One of the best concerts I went to was one where the artist specified beforehand that no one use a camera or smartphone. He said he wanted to see the audience’s faces. That was an amazing show, and there was real connection between to artist and the audience.
    it must be difficult for the artists, too, to get feedback from an audience of people blankly staring up at their screen.
    Actually, that’s why I don’t like the practice of taking selfies. One phot, sure, but it makes me sad to see a bus load of tourists jump off a bus, put their back to the thing they came to see, then get right back on the bus, without a backward glance at the thing they came to see.

  4. Agree with you. I totally get that photos of specific memories of an event , a holiday, even at a concert are important. I love looking back over my photographic memories. It’s nice to be able to use the photos to help trigger a memory for personal memory or to share with a friend. But I think we still need to interact on a personal level else we might as well stay home and wait for the digital version of ‘whatever’ to arrive on our gadget. Create the photographic memory but it needs to be that – a memory of an experience not the total experience.

  5. We most definitely can! I have to remind myself everyday to appreciate the moments! 🙂

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