Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Watched ‘Thursday’. Good news – took me only 30 minutes to download and view this animation. Depicts a blackbird and family and the human race. The blackbird is constantly thwarted by technology so takes a swipe at it and blacks out the city by splicing some wiring which it then uses for its nest. The humans seem to be dependent on technology – computers, mobile phones, street cleaning machines, even simple things like clothes and an alarm clock. The birds have no such dependency. When faced with technology it messes up their lives. One fledgling bird flies into a window and although not killed, is briefly stunned. Then off it flies with the family. The humans need technology to do what the birds can do. Question from the teaching staff: "Who has ‘agency’ in the clip?" I’m not sure what they mean by ‘agency’ but if we are looking at ‘utopia’ or ‘dystopia’ it’s a bit of both – the birds don’t need technology, the humans do, but given technology the humans can do what the birds do – they can ‘fly’ - in a machine of course - on Thursdays at 2 for the price of 1! Main moral is that humans have become technology dependent. But is that a bad thing? It’s the way things are. Graham ( my son) who makes a living from technology would disagree. He thinks technology has ruined the human world.