Title: Bose Headphones and the Internet of Broken Things
Context: All things must come to an end. But does the end really have to come so damn quickly?
Synopsis: As technology rapidly replaces the mechanical in our increasingly noisy lives, we slip further and further away from mastery of our domains. The control we exert over our object filled world is a function of the half life of technology, growing shorter and shorter as the time period defining “cutting edge” grows impossibly small. Our stuff is embedded with magic, but the empowering spells have a brief potency and we must replace, because repair—even when possible—is obfuscated to the extent that no amount of elbowed grease or wrenchery can knock them back into shape. Humans have always sought to imbue the things we worshipped with mystical powers, and we may have succeeded on a grand scale but we cherish the vessel itself not the underlying wizardry. Permanence is not even on the table anymore as all things so absolutely come to a frustratingly insipid end.
Best Bit: “No one will ever write a book called Zen and the Art of iPhone Maintenance.”

via dezeen.com