En av de saker som jag saknar

Ytligt sett skulle jag vilja säga att i min värld av sociala medier går allt fort. I bland undrar jag om det är först, störst och populärast som gäller. Jag är inte speciellt snabb, utan jag behöver tid för att hinna tänka, ta ställning, fundera, reflektera en stund. Söka fler svar, fler infallsvinklar tänka ännu en stund. Det tar tid, och jag är sällan först.

Idag fick en vän mig att fundera återigen över ett inlägg som Mathias Klangs skrev i december ”Things I shall miss” som är en lista en underbar lista som jag valt att återpublicera bara för att jag kan, och som är skapad utifrån begreppet:

Saudade is a wonderful concept, its difficult to translate from Portugese but here is Aubrey Bell’s explanation from the book In Portugal (1912).

Vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist, for something other than the present, a turning towards the past or towards the future; not an active discontent or poignant sadness but an indolent dreaming wistfulness.

So lets start with the obvious. I am a web person, my work, research and many of my interests would not have been relevant, or even possible, prior to the internet. Despite this I reserve the right to miss things that are slowly fading away – in a large part due to this technology we crave, admire and rely on.

Bookstores with more than bestsellers. The bookstore was dying for a time. It was hit hard from its monopolistic stance by the webstores and has transformed itself into a pop experience. Unfortunately with less knowledge and stock. Now for those of you lucky enough to live in cities in English speaking nations there is the mega store that gives the illusion of width (and they are gorgeous). But seen from the perspective of a small language state like Sweden it is easy to see first hand the decline of the book & store.

Some of the naive believe that if the market wants a book it will be published. The problem with this is that the large market required wants bestsellers. And historical works will be lost, they have been before but not on this scale. I used to think that second-hand stores would pick up the slack but they will eventually end up with what the market produces.

Languages are dying out at an alarming rate. They are small odd languages which most of us will never hear and now never get a chance to. With them dies there cultural significance and potential impact on the world. So this is sad, in the same way as the death of any culture. It’s sad, but that’s life. Obviously the smaller languages are doomed. Eventually Swedish will be a thing of the past. Swedish, Danish & Norwegian can almost be seen as dialects of each other but even then we are talking about a population of less than 20 million. But the question I have not seen posed is how many languages can a globalized world support?

Newspapers! Eventually the concept of sitting at breakfast with a thick, well written, argumentative, educational, cultural artifact of sheets of paper filled with the world will be gone the way of family dinners and the dodo. Can’t help it, I am a dead tree junky. The news I can get elsewhere but, ah, the format, the format.

Real old fashioned unnecessarily large, tackily decorated movie theaters. What am I saying? These are long gone.

Being able to read the collected letter of someone dead is a form of voyeurism which will be gone forever. In its place is the text message or tweet novel. Who wants that crap? Help me? Seriously it must be novelty value? Or is this just an unappreciated art form that I am too dumb to get?

Dead time This is straight from the Telegraph’s list of 50 things the Internet will kill. “When was the last time you spent an hour mulling the world out a window, or rereading a favourite book? The internet’s draw on our attention is relentless and increasingly difficult to resist.”

Traveling to Local culture even before the web major stores were everywhere. The same stores appear all over and create an ubiquitous sense of style and culture. This is an old complaint but it ain’t getting any better. Mind you the “local” items I miss are probably made in China anyway.

Pens, pencils & notebooks. Sure these are still around. Quality notebooks were almost killed by the moleskine but a whole new generation of cool stuff is appearing. Unfortunately the good stuff will not survive. They will become unfashionable quality gifts given on serious occasions and never used. They will be back for short revivals as fashion accessories.

Snail mail. I am old enough to have sent and received actual letters. Hand written content about people I had actually met. Now its only marketing, bills and magazines that come through the letterbox.

Things I shall miss från Digital Rights av Mathias Klang CC (by,nc, sa)

Jag har tänkt länge över listan, över texten, över vår verklighet som är i ständig förändring. Över saker som jag saknar, om den stämning som texten skapar… Det är en text som inte lämnar mig. Men vad fick mig att tänka på den, jo det var ”snigelposten”, kuvertet…

Jag fick jag ett vadderat kuvert. En gåva från min underbara vän Anne-Marie Körling och kuvertet fick mig att återigen tänka på listan och inse att det var länge sedan någon skickade en gåva till ”mig”.

Det var länge sedan brevlådan fylldes med så mycket eftertanke och omsorg som det vadderade kuvert som Anne-Marie hade skickat. Innehållet var till mig, till Kristina. Och när jag öppnade kuvertet så log hela jag, för det som finns i kuvertet lyser av en tanke på att Anne-Marie har tänkt: Kristina kommer att tycka om den här, den ska hon få. Det här är Kristina Alexanderson, en gåva som lyser av Kristina.

Det är en av de saker som jag saknar, de där gåvorna som bara säger ”det här är du”.


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