I saw the first illustration at the Pick Me Up exhibition this week and it really jumped out at me!
It seems that there is a common theme at the moment among contemporary illustrators and designers including the "Allo?" series by Jean Jullien (second). Illustration with an emphasis on how irresponsible we have become as people. How we have become so absorbed with technology that we forget to focus on the important things in life.
And it is not an idea that was invented by illustrators - it is a very truthful observation. I notice it myself. When I am on the bus I often look around to see that there is not a single person observing their surroundings. Like zombies glued to a screen with a glowing light. Eyes wide, mouth hung open while tapping and swiping mindlessly, over and over.
This whirlwind of technology has even sucked grannies into it. My grandma now has a samsung tablet. She doesn't want to get left behind. The woman who swore that there was nothing more personal than writing a hand written letter and sending it by post is now forced to text and email because otherwise she won't get heard. And her life has been much more wholesome, pure and peaceful without the constant drone of "technological pressure sirens" going off in the background.
I wonder if there is anything to be done to get back a bit of the old fashioned purity and worldliness in us. Are we so reliant on technology that it has become a drug? I would say most of us are addicted. It encourages an obsessive nature. But only because we have been forced to involve ourselves in the trap. And it's a shame that we are so glued to our screens. We neglect those around us and the people on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter sometimes even come before the ones we love in our own homes. There is a virtual parallel world that is driving us insane. Its pushing up the divorce rate and leaving us with no true friends. For the sake of getting 500+ connections on LinkedIn, 1000 friends on Facebook or 10K followers on twitter. We are left with lots and lots of meaningless, half-hearted fans, friends and connections. But at least they liked/pinned/retweeted my hashtagged selfie!? That made me "feel good".
I am a victim myself and it scares me to death. And what frightens me most is that we are so reliant on it for good things that most people don't even see the negative impact that it has. But what can be done? It's a downward spiral, is it not? How can we bring back some innocence and sincerity to our world that drowning in confusion and hyperactivity?