Yes, the change is easy to take for granted having not lived through it. Profound changes.
Observing the differences (BTW it'd be great if this convo were going on over at the blog but hey, it takes time like schreckbabble did--it's brand new and comments are coming... more on this in a later post but quickly: if anyone is thinking or has been thinking about blogging on film, it might be a good time to take the leap. I work directly for the investors who created olaN and a whole series of other sites like mambo, badoo, whotrades, idealmedia etc... unlike other blogging platforms, since this one new & has a lot of wealth behind and owns lots of other sites plus syndicate with partners like Huffington, Fark, regionals etc, blogs in this formative stage get syndicated and actively promoted. We're looking for some quality voices on anything but I'm the cinema guy there in addition to my editorials elsewhere. So if you're dreaming of starting a blog--on pretty much anything-- and want to jump in at a unique point that would give you a head start, jump... it'd be cool to turn that place into Quallity Cinemasphere central)
where was I.. o yes... "Observing the differences" between the the era of my early youth and now, it's incredible far beyond just the wee technological plane.
I'm as guilty as the next person in phone and tablet fiddling, but I feel my creative world doesn't really suffer--but isn't every young person tired of hearing cranky old bags complaining about the amount of time folks spend on their phones?
There's a reason for it though... for the first five thousand years of civ the human mind walked around with maybe a book 10% of the time. Rest of the time the brain filled in the blanks. Since 2010 in particular and the smartphone, the act of spacing out and daydreaming, of sinking way back into your head, has cut back. The dreamers of the planet spend a hella lot less time spacing out, I can tell you that. Phone fills in the blanks. And spacing out is vital.
I'm sure old crotchety prunes don't think about it in those terms . . . but there is something about hyperfixation on a constant flow of input to a brain without letup by a gadget of nonstop frivolous input, it irks them. It's an alien concept.
"Mh? Oh," head twitch, "sorry, I was zoning out on something. Sup?"
"I hear you... hang on I'm texting my vitamin P."
But the incredible vantage point of fully living in the analog version of Planet Earth, and transitioning to and then fully immersing in the digital version of earth.... from telephones, books, vinyl albums, the change in pop music, film, the human mind, TV, lit, the routes to acquiring obscure material and the dif in the time it takes now to acquire that material (and the loss of the precious journey and all that journey did to you in the past), it was amazing to watch. Sad and disappointing in many ways, but hey, as they said all them years ago in Pacino's Panic In Needle Park--"It's only life, man."