Original title: This is not ‘Make Technology Great Again’
I was showing some people unfamiliar with the Time Well Spent and Humane Technologies movement the Humanetech.com website today and I was struck by this picture on the home page:
It’s a black and white image of a caucasian girl in what appears to be 1950’s garb leaning out the window. This image appeals to American nostalgia in a way that I think is incongruous with the mission of Humane Technology. This movement should not be a movement about nostalgia or making technology great again. Yes, we need to be thinking about ways to design our systems that facilitate more person to person interaction, and people that lived in the era of the girl featured on the home page probably had more in person conversations that a teenager today. However there are countless ways technology has made life a lot better than it was in the era of the girl on the home page. I hope this movement can be about celebrating and directing what is good about technology and regulating what is dangerous. I don’t think appealing to nostalgia is going to help this movement gain credibility with the young people that need it the most. I strongly recommend HumaneTech.com take some time to design a homepage the symbolizes how great the future can be if technology is aligned with humanity’s best interests.
This could be a good platform for recommending better ways to represent the movement. Please reply with your ideas.