The Beauty of Technology

I’ve been experimenting with some new poetic forms recently, because I’ve never been too comfortable about prose poems. What makes it different from experimental prose? I struggle to understand. Also, I’m amused by the marketing patter on some of our electronic devices, so they gave rise to this…

Innovation is advancement but not precursor of success, pervades our daily lives, frustrates us with its complexity and unreliability to the extent that globalisation enables us to embrace new products and services.

Is ‘carriage return’ now obsolete? Has sense-making ceased to matter?

We crave tangible products, satin-coated sensuous curves,

Chick-lit metallic moulding our systems

Augmented realities and playfulness

Passive-aggressive well-modulated female voices

That we can shut up in an instant (unlike our wives)

To understand the music of the should, we need sentiment analysis and emotion management, we need to move past utility to ease of use and access all hours. Oh, and playful surprise! Please entertain me. It’s all about the image, the swoosh of light around the globe in an instant. Encompass, integrate, unify in the twilight glow of sameness. Susceptible like all the others, you reach out to grasp and bind my gaze to ever-recurring shape-shifting values.

From CBS Local, Houston.
From CBS Local, Houston.


14 thoughts on “The Beauty of Technology”

  1. Ah, you’ve captured it beautifully, Marina Sofia! Form over substance, amusement over growth, and so on. And yet, technology can be so useful, too. We’ve come to depend on it. Still, it’s a much better servant than master…

    1. There’s almost a technology porn that I see now with advertisements, images and words… functionality alone is simply not enough. We have to adore and love our devices, not just use them…

  2. I have been wanting to share the thoughts of this Russian émigré painter, called Marianne Werefkin ( 1860 – 1938 ), with you for some time now. I have always thought that artists jumping on the commercial bandwagon gave way to art that was not necessarily conforming to their natural manner of expression. Those that dared to be themselves were the true pioneers who created the waves of the new movements that followed.

    Marianne Werefkin: “All art is in the individual. The greatest masterpieces are not the result of the progress of art. They are the expressions of outstanding individuals whose feelings only act as revalations and not as progress for the rest of humanity. The most beautiful expressions in art are not more advanced art, just as individuals of developed sensibilities do not advance capacities of sensitivity, love, hate, agony, sadness, joy, which have been part of man the animal since he first peopled the earth. The greatest works of art do not make art greater. Art does not succeed itself, just as one is not able to transmit beautiful sentiments. Art lives and dies in the unique heart of he/she who carries it, just as all feelings only live and expand in the souls of those who feel them. There is no history of art – there is only the history of artists.”

    Creativity, for me, implies a type of abandon within a framework that is accepted for itself, and only for itself. It is the reason I have always been fascinated by childrens’ drawings. There is no ulterior motive behind it. It is our fear of abandoning what is accepted of us by others that hinders our true self expression. That is my opinion anyway.

    1. Wonderful quote and a lot to think about there. Ideally, I would like to do both. I enjoy reading and writing commercial genre fiction (crime fiction in my case), but I also want to push it and experiment with it. And in my poetry I certainly want to explore, express, experiment… even though apparently a friend of mine was told in no uncertain terms that poetry is not about self-expression! I don’t agree with that at all – as if we can ever leave self out of any work of art.

  3. You’ve just proved that you can make even gobbledy gook sound poetic 🙂 None of the gadgets will ever replace what we could be looking at and listening to if we raised our heads from our screens.

  4. I have been wondering about prose poems as well. If we take the line breaks out of free verse or write a piece of flash fiction is that a prose poem?

    I take technology for granted but I can remember the day when there weren’t any computers that I could get my hands on.

  5. Yet from all that connectivity every part of humanity can grow… the worst of wars, the hate and also love and poetry… maybe it’s just the next frontier to understand… love that you experiment, the prose works excellent.

  6. I am all for technology but let’s not forget substance and meaning ~ At the end of the day, can a work or music withstand the test of time, stripped away of technological enhancements ~ Good to see you Marina ~

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