Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The broken technology icon

Here it is, a little icon, a crossed wrench and screwdriver that means something, I don't know what exactly.  I think it might mean that by clicking it, I can mess with the technology enclosed in the box that it's in the lower right hand corner of.
But I think of it as the broken technology icon.  And for some reason, it reminds me of the hammer and sickle icon that the Soviets used on their flag.  In their case, it meant that their state was one of industrial workers and farmers.  In this case, the wrench and screwdriver supposedly stand for tools you use to take apart machinery and potentially put it back together again.  OK, enough already with the semiotics.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As always, Wolf, you make a lot of sense.

However, you might want to rethink the broken-tech thing if you ever reach an end-of-life situation.

Not bragging, but we're pretty good with the palliative-care bit (even better after impending pot legalization), and even our curative tech has gotten better. (OK, maybe bragging a little bit.)

But, to your point, tech is always, only, an overlay on, or embedded in, a situational milieu comprising elements that are physical/chemical, and social/psychological, and political/economic, .... and comical/sardonic?

Have fun with it!