Friday, May 22, 2009
In the past decade we have seen almost everything go digital from music to magazines everything has a virtual form these days, and for the most part this is a great thing. It saves energy, teachers can read assignments online saving paper and other resources so what should we continue wasting resources on? The answer is the personalized playlist. Originally analog and known as the mix tape, its digital upgrade the compact disc, and then its virtual counterpart the online playlist. What was lost in translation is the human touch that tells a story, and what makes a playlist more then just a compilation of songs. Many people have a few of those fantastic pieces of art stashed away in a shoebox somewhere, whether it be a cassette or compact disc they each have hand written on the cover: artists, track names, notes and cut and pasted covers, they’re glorious! Some are cheesy love mixes, other hipster trendy, or for summers by the beach, but whatever the theme they’re special. I haven’t received one or made one for anyone in a long time, but its something I’d like to get back into. The physical version of the mix whatever its intent is a great form of human interaction I’d like to see stay physical.