People around us and the stories we tell are two timeless factors of our wellbeing. The vast and unprecise term – "the news media" is used as a scapegoat. Any political outcome, social unrest, or economic struggle can be connected to the controversial stories in "the news". I don't fall into the trap of simplification. Understanding the complexity of journalism, business models and the role of the Internet is vital for me. Until now The Correspondent was the best news project that unfortunately didn't pass the test of time.
Like many other technologists, I am also fascinated by the wide spectrum of possibilities made with machines. Social Media is one of the prime examples of a "thing" that managed to become a mainstream method of building online relationships. In some regions, it's even perceived as the Internet itself. Yet, the tremendous privacy abuse, political manipulation, and mental toll can't be a "necessary evil" characteristic. It's time to Build Better Systems.
Time is the only common denominator. Fortunately, our perception of it is subjective and open for interpretation. This allows us to choose and value the time we spend on important activities. For me, the act of writing is one of them. I love every single part of it – the struggle to focus, the slow process and the lightweight output that fits any screen. Here's a random blog post to play with creativity.
Summer in Italy in 2009 was the beginning of my work as a tour operator representative. For about five months I took care of tourists at the Adriatic coast. Besides working in the field - conducting trips, meeting with customers and agencies - I had a lot of office responsibilities. Without mobile phones and mobile Internet, it wouldn't be possible to do my work and stay in touch with headquarter in Poland.
If an alien civilization scanned planet Earth, the complex network of machines connected with wires and radio waves would probably not impress them. However, assuming they are curious beings, they would notice how tremendous influence those interconnected machines have on the whole human species. Before we make our first contact, let's learn why should you keep your own spot in the marvellous achievement we call the Internet.