With that said, my exploring began with the idea of the assignment, to document a journey and leave something behind. I got to thinking about how so many people do leave something behind on this earth. When talking about mobility and mobile devices, today, we as a culture do not know how to tred lightly upon the earth. Instead we are mobile in ways that affect the environment, affect the way we live, and affect others without a sence of knowing. This is my distopia of mobility. If we all carry cellphones, PDAs, Ipods, laptops, text messenging systems, where does this all go when Cingular comes out with the new "must-have" cell phone and Apple introduces, yet again, a newer (and smaller) Ipod. How do our mobile device garbage affect our world in terms of environment, and in terms of being able to move from the extreme idea of consumption that we are in now to a more progressive idea of a better world, a better environment, i.e. biodiesel, alternative ways of transportation, organic food. In a way, these ideas are being very popular as we begin to realise such things as dependence on oil, but what about mobility?
In the latest issue of Utne magazine, this idea is highlighted with such articles as Moving Without Madness, which lists magazines that focus on alternative ways of mobility, ie: www.newmobility.com, Sustainable Transport, and Momentum. Another article which caught my eye was an article entitled, Freedom To Ride, which talks about bicyclist getting arrested in New York city for participating in Critical Mass, "an anarchic bike ride that takes place in some 400 cities worldwide on the last Friday of every month."
I would like to begin thinking of inventions for alternative mobile devises, instead of cell phones, two cups and a strings. Well, maybe not go that far, but how can we be mobile using technology, but still keep an eye out for the environment and move away from the idea of always having to leave our mark and instead be as though we were never there, at least, don't leave an old cell phone behind.