This is the first article since the magazine's revamp after a five-year break, and we thought it would be apt to post a positive article celebrating the digital world, as Lotus Magma does just that. The world we live in is a strange one, war, poverty, famine, ruthless competition at every angle, so let's take a moment and pay homage to the good things that get us through the day.
Lotus Magma published an article several years ago about how Apple saved commuters' lives with their revolutionary iPod. It may sound like an extreme statement, but we all know the benefits of music therapy. As this article is being written, symphonic metal is being played in the background - whatever moves you. Since that article all those years ago, we have of course moved on in the digital age. It is not just music that can revitalise our souls. We now have access to generations of information at our fingertips, audio books, voice activated programs and the ability to continue to listen to the same program however we move, a classic example of this is listening to the radio in the car, when the journey comes to an end you then continue to listen to the station via an app through the comfort of your own mobile device.
Years ago, on the train commute into London, before a mobile phone was considered a mandatory accessory or a life line, it was just a phone. It had limited graphics, the screen was digital black, it had the battery life of a month and you had to program your own ringtones into it to personalise it, funnily enough many people on the train used to sleep back then.
Nowadays people on the train read, they research, listen to music, and so on, and there is a distinct improvement in peoples' moods. But why would this not be the case, as people can track their health using their phone, they can socialise with long distance friends and relatives or even ones that a sitting in the seat next to them, they can listen or watch anything they want. There is no excuse really, for once we are fully control of our mental health. Help is literally at hand.
But people still fall into the black hole of depression, and on the flipside of all of this technology people can become obsessed by electronic communications. They revolve their lives around social media, misinterpret information and responses and can become addicted to the internet. Michael McIntyre mentioned how people have to carry the phone on their phones recently in a very funny sketch at the opening of one of his episodes for The Big Show.
On the productivity side, there are a lot more functions one can utilise than ever before, and these have developed in a relatively short period of time. For example, you can create a website in minutes whereas years ago you needed training and the ability to program using HTML, you can publish a book online in minutes, you can launch a campaign, download unlimited tracks and films, and this all comes with the feeling of accomplishment - if one steps back and look for five minutes. If your typing is not overly fast you can dictate and the computer will type it for you, you can ask a machine to log something in your calendar while you watch the television or exercise, and we have also given machines to ability to learn. They can track our every movement and make suggestions, eliminating the time to find something for ourselves, but at the same time if you give the internet too much information, it can of course be used against you.
Overall, if you have a mobile phone, and access to the internet, you are not doing too bad, some people don't have anything. With information comes power and with all of this power at your fingertips, the world is your oyster, it is your decision in which direction you take it in.