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The Power of Technology

In Technology, Uncategorized on February 25, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Technology has changed lives. Now, it’s so hard to imagine life without a Mac, Facebook, Twitter, iPhone or Blackberry. Need I even mention the times when cell phones were a luxury? Technology has changed items from  luxury to necessity. I lost my blackberry and somehow I am not the same. I don’t even like to use the phone anymore. Really.

Applications like Twitter have let celebrities become their own public relations machines.  Twitter lets you peek into the personal lives of celebrities in the most intimate way. At times, it can seem like an intimate conversation. Intimate in the voyeur-peeking- through- the- window, kinda way.I must admit, I am not that much of a tweeter, but I do have celebs that I follow. Kim Kardashian, June Ambrose and Erykah Badu just to name a few. I can’t help it. Looking at someone else’s life can be very interesting.

With the technology advances of the past few years, you don’t have to physically talk to someone to have a conversation. Conversations, meetings and agreements can be held via email and text messaging. Even more so, the music we know and love can be done digitally.

Erykah Badu’s 2008 album, “New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War” was completed on a Apple Macbook using the popular program GarageBand. She recorded the vocals using iChat and sent them to the album’s producers. They traded tracks and vocals for four months until the album was complete.

As recent as yesterday, she used Twitter to clear a  Paul McCartney sample for her forthcoming album. Badu’s 89,000 followers watched as she settled music business  in 140 characters or less.

Badu's Twitter Page

This makes me wonder, what’s next? I often think we will be teleporting ourselves to where we need to be. It’s absolutely amazing how far we have come. Things aren’t left to wonder anymore. It is happening  and it is now. It’s  wonderfully scary and I am definately along for the ride tweeting all the way on my blackberry.