The Does Maggie Have a Phone? Manifesto*:

  • WE LIKE TECHNOLOGY: We are passionate about the potential of technological advancement to make important shit easier for humans. We're embracing of technology in general, but
  • WE ARE SKEPTICAL: We do not buy into the Silicon Valley rhetoric of the universal capability of technology to provide solutions to human issues. Technology can make things easier, but humans are still humans, and we cannot expect technology in and of itself to effect positive social change. Technology wants things to be faster and easier; it doesn't care what those things are. To jump ahead a bit, getting closer to addressing this site's core purpose:
  • WE'RE NOT SOLD ON PHONES: We do not believe that lacking a phone is a state that needs to be remedied or fixed. We like a lot of aspects of phones for the way they provide us a mechanism through which to connect and communicate in a variety of scenarios, but we're certain we won't always have them on our person. We are providing a solution in the event that that inevitable state occurs, in particular, to the issue of the negative social impact generated by the non-response. In fact, to get more specific:
  • WE FEEL THAT THE PROLIFERATION OF THE 'SMARTPHONE' IS PROBLEMATIC, and through this project intend on exploring what aspects of it we really take issue with and would like to improve
    • SPOILERS: we are pretty sure that smartphones, while purporting to be a way for individuals to actively engage with technology and communicate on the go, are actually closer to television in the way they encourage "kickback mode" passive media consumption (e.g. Instagram, Facebook feeds, endlessssssssss notifications), but even more insidious, as they take up a larger % of our waking hours and occupy time during which humans traditionally would almost be forced to devote to less structured "creative" thought (e.g. morning commute, waiting for friends to arrive for dinner, hanging out alone in a room without television), thus creating a greater society-wide desire to 'unplug' in a manner that we feel is extreme, reactionary, and unsustainable. Let's not even get into how eminently breakable and losable they are. We are interested in exploring how to select the essential elements of the smartphone for a given individual to make an experience better tailored to the needs of that person, rather than offering infinite attention-grabbing offerings in a flimsy, practically-guaranteed-to-break hardware piece.

 

 Image credit:  http://imghumour.com/categories/humour/view/smartphone-party

Image credit: http://imghumour.com/categories/humour/view/smartphone-party

 

 

 

*DESPITE THE USE OF "MANIFESTO", WE AREN'T SO SERIOUS.

We just know that we can have more fun than this ---->