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1.3. The digital toolset

If you’re a practitioner within the digital medium (and it’s difficult not to be these days), you likely already have a set of tools you favor for your creative endeavors. You’ve come to grips with a particular word processor or email client, so when you feel the need to craft words, you have the means to do so. You may also have invested time in learning a graphics package for when you’re inclined to say it with pixels. On a more fundamental level, you’ve probably developed relationships, perhaps even dependencies, with your devices—MP3 players, phones, laptops—and have tamed them into serving your needs. Software and hardware alike, all of these are the tools in your digital toolbox. But how long-term are these man-machine marriages?

1.3.1. Perpetual impermanence

In periods of rapid technological innovation (of which our current time is one, but so has been pretty much every other era in human history) we become highly focused on the latest tools. We invest a lot of time in mastering their quirks, and we upgrade them frequently.


  

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