Launcher Quote: “One of my fondest memories of college at UC Santa Cruz was on April 20th, everyone would meet up at Porter Meadow and get blazed. I remember going in 2007 with my best friends and their friends. We brought an ice chest full of Capri Suns and some other junk food snacks.
With all of the chaos and despair in the world today, I find it quite nostalgic (and privileged) to look back at what felt like a much more simpler time. Never mind the fact this was the beginning of the Great Recession, but I wouldn’t realize that for another year when I graduated and tried to find a job.
I wonder if in time, we’ll romanticize low-resolution video like we do film? It was the best I could do with my dinky point-and-shoot digital camera and yet I don’t think I would trade it in for any other video quality.
I can recognize my friends’ voices (even though you can’t see them) in the audio and for the seconds they come in and out I’m taken back to a time when I was with my favorite people living in and loving the moment.”
Some people might want to blame the today’s celebration of highs on the developer potentially having this much nostalgia over 2007 flip phone photos, especially when they are a fraction of the resolution of today’s computer-in-your-hand, nearly real-life realistic pics, but I do get why. Looking at these low res photos is a reminder of something much more intangible but more significant to the entire process, and that’s remembering a simpler, younger time, when the ills of the world weren’t so bad and there was little to be worried about aside from being able to ensure you passed your classes and you set yourself up for an upcoming career path.
I don’t think the first thing I think about when I look at old photographs taken with non-digital cameras or listen to or watch old video that’s become grainy is the fact that they aren’t as high quality when I look at them, either. We have, to a certain extent, become spoiled with our technology – knowing and seeing things right away as they happen, getting high-res images as if we were sitting next to the person taking the picture, having an archive of old thoughts, ideas, and pictures at our disposal, and more. Having to extrapolate and think about what something looked like, felt like, sounded like because we didn’t have the technology back then to have it be crystal clear almost seems foreign today, but there are times, such as remembering when that technology didn’t exist, where we still have to do this.
And don’t get me wrong – that’s not a bad thing. They say that the imagination, the way that we visualize and think of things and turn over possibilities is nigh limitless, and can exceed any technology we currently possess that could reproduce it. The developer talks about remembering things about this day that were clear even though they didn’t have the tech to hear anything or see it clearly, and knows and understands that this was more than just about a group of friends attending an event celebrating 4/20. It’s that level of significance and understanding of the context that is not really able to be captured by tech, not then and not really now, and is something that can only be processed, understood, and remembered in detail by our brains. Until we get all Matrix-y with our technology, we’re likely not to be able to replicate that kind of attachment of significance, which makes today’s entry an all-too-important reminder that we still have powerful tools at our disposal to help us process important life events and occasions.