- Why do you think you want to keep these records—all the shirt boards, the notes, and the files? Do you imagine other people reading them or are they just for you?
- I haven’t given it much thought. I just don’t want to throw them away. It’s become an obsession with me now. I don’t want to give the impression that I have an inflated sense of myself because I do not. But I do think that I am a chronicler. I want to report on what I have seen and heard and people I’ve known, and what I’ve done, because I think it’s connected to history. I’m interested in leaving my mark. I keep records to testify to the fact that I’m alive.
- Like the T. S. Eliot line, “These fragments I have shored against my ruins”?
- You bring intellectual bearing upon my banality.
— David Granger, Editor, Esquire
So, what should we expect in 2021? Well, 10 years ago, what did you expect to see now? Did you expect the word “Friend” to become a verb? Did you expect your twelve-year-old brother to stay up texting until 2am? Did you expect 140-character messaging systems enabling widespread revolutions against decades-old dictatorial regimes?
The next 10 years will be an era of unprecedented connectivity; this much we know. It will build upon the social networks, both real and virtual, that we’ve all played a role in constructing, bringing ideas together that would have otherwise remained distant, unknown strangers. Without twitter and a steady drip of mainstream media, would we have ever so strongly felt the presence of the Arab Spring? What laughs, gasps, or loves, however fleeting, would have been lost if not for Chatroulette? Keeping in mind that as our connections grow wider and more intimate, so too will the frequency of our connectedness, and as such, your own understanding of just what kinds of relationships are possible will be stretched and revolutionized as much as any piece of hardware.
Truly, the biggest changes we’ll face will not come in the form of any visible technology; the changes that matter most, as they always have, will occur in those places we know best but can never quite see: our own hearts and minds.