Many webpages have too much information and too much PR-stuff in them, in the widest sense – text written to describe and promote the work of the owner of the site. I may be after an address or opening hours, but have to dig through loads of marketing to get there.
Like many others I wish to live and think basically on my own. I like to be among people, in the city or anywhere, but this doesn’t disturb me as much as computers do.
I know that many think differently – some, I believe, look at them more like they do an interesting book, they learn things or get new ideas from the machine itself, the way it works. My perspective is probably one-sided, but my purpose is not to eradicate the impressions of the computer world in my head, but to limit the thing so I can see it, think about it, as one thing among others in the world. It tends to establish itself as the world in my head – in many different ways.
I don’t like that, I prefer my own philosophy.
A really annoying side of computer talk, I mean if you ask even competent users or -workers, more often than not they don’t answer the question “what is this, what is this part of the machine or program doing?”
Instead, the question “what do you do with this problem?” seems to be the only relevant one, and the only one they answer.
Maybe this is the case also in other professional fields, many of us are more practical than analytical, and also, it is easy to be “inside” your own field.
Maybe I asked the wrong questions or I did it on a bad day, for me or the ones I asked. But the concepts of the computer world seem woolly to many, sometimes even professional computer nerds. Among you and me, the “normal” users, the problem is really big.
Numbers and letters meet, and so far it seems to me that numbers dictate many of the rules. It is probably possible to move the whole project in the direction of letters. Some are already doing it, I believe, there is a field established called “humanist informatics” or something similar. I have not had the time to check it out, but it sounds interesting.