I don't understand how technology works.
Actually, I totally do understand how technology works from a mechanical standpoint, which is to me the meaning of both "technology" and "works." But there's also the application and use and general social phenomenon of technology, and that's what I don't really get.
I was a kid during the boom of the Personal Computer era. When I was a teenager I built a computer and surfed the 'net, as we called it, with a dial up modem. I was the first generation to grow up with the internet and that's why it's so baffling that this has apparently passed me by and become something that I don't recognize today.
I can kind of understand Smart TVs. The whole point of a Smart TV is that it just has built in Chromecast/Roku/ online media streaming, right?
I Googled "Why stream to TV?" It came up with many websites telling me HOW to stream to TV and absolutely none answering my question. Apparently no one has bothered to ask that question.
I'm asking you, why would anyone want to stream to their TV? I don't think it needs to be said, but for clarification, "streaming" in this meaning is using one device to broadcast wirelessly onto another. E.G., from your computer to your TV.
First of all, why stream wirelessly at all? Why not just plug your computer into your TV? If your TV can broadcast wirelessly it can also support a wired connection. You don't need a streaming device, let alone a smart TV.
Since your already on your computer doing the thing that you are doing, why do you then need it to be connected to your TV?
Ok, so maybe your computer monitor is small or you have a laptop and your TV is nice and big. I get that...but just plug your computer into your TV.
I think I know the real reason, which is that people don't have computers anymore, they just have phones.
But go back to the core question, why do you want to connect your computer to your TV at all? It must be because there is something that is on your computer that isn't on your TV through your DVD player or cable/satellite, right?
I didn't start this off to go on a rant, but I guess that's where this is going. I'm not sure that I'm the one that has grown out of touch with technology, but that the meaning of it has changed. The meaning of the internet has changed.
Today the internet is a broadcast medium through wireless antenna or fiber optic cable. It's the fastest way to broadcast information. But back in my day the internet was the slowest form of all digital broadcasting. The "internet" wasn't the medium, it was the media. The whole point of the internet was people connecting to each other and sharing information.
The Telecommunications companies have changed the meaning of the internet because they don't want the real internet. That's why they are trying to get rid of Net Neutrality. They want it to be just like TV and radio, where media conglomerates just broadcast content directly to you and you engage with it in a passive manner, instead of people sharing and creating their own content.
That's what all these stupid "smart" phones and TVs are about. They're prepackaged hardware with preprogrammed software that you can't modify or write your own code for, because they don’t want you having that control.
It just really depresses me. That’s how everything in the world is going more and more. Everything is completely being controlled, usually just so that giant companies can make money off of it. And no one really wants that. They don’t like being controlled, so they get these paint by numbers “choices”, and told, “No. See you get a choice. You have the freedom.” But it’s not freedom if you don’t get to decide the choices that you can make and you don’t get to actually engage in your own life and your own world around you.
Spread out all around us is a petrified world, a world of Things, where we ourselves, our gestures, and even our feelings figure in as Things. Nothing can belong to us as truly our own in such a landscape of death. Under commodity occupation the most concrete truth about everything is the truth of it's infinite replaceablity.