Take a moment and watch this YouTube video from The Wall Street Journal about the new beyond-HD video cameras — so-called 4k cameras — headed our way.
I find myself wondering about this. Yes, the technology is impressive and even seductive. But, has our culture embraced technological advances at the expense of content? I still believe that no matter how many more pixels we throw at our eyeballs, it is content that is the core of the art experience. I fear I am once again going against the conventional zeitgeist. More pictures, rather than better pictures; larger pictures rather than better pictures; more video resolution rather than better stories — it's the premise of our times.
In the cosmic scale of things, it's far easier to build a more sophisticated gadget with technical wizardry than it is to feel a more sophisticated insight into the human condition. I'm all for new and better tools. I worry, however, that we'll just see more and more detail about less and less wisdom.