3 Dumb Device s We're Not Ready to Give Up

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Ross Goodwin

Google Creative Technologist

3 Dumb Devices We’re Not Ready to Give Up


“I love the aesthetic and the process of making prints from chemical film. My favorite camera remains my Polaroid 600SE, which shoots pack film, a wonderful type of instant film that’s 70 years old. I also bought a case of Fuji pack film in early 2017 shortly after they stopped producing it and still have about half of the pack in my refrigerator. Ephemeral media continues to fascinate me, not so much because it’s obsolete as because the ubiquity of current technology has changed the nature of ephemerality. I’ll never fully stop using film, just as I don’t think I’ll ever fully stop writing in paper notebooks.”

Jamie Bartlett

Author of ‘The People Vs Tech’

3 Dumb Devices We’re Not Ready to Give Up


“I still wear a Casio wristwatch—the identical model I had when I was 15. I bought one because without a watch to tell time I had to check my phone and it would suck me in. So I needed a basic timepiece. Casios are semi-disposable—you can buy them for $10—but they’re close to being indestructible. It has four buttons no one can quite understand but I’ve taken the time to actually learn the functions—doesn’t sound like much, but believe me it’s taken an effort. I could get a smartwatch but I don’t think things being easy is the key to a good life. So I occasionally go out of my way to make things difficult on myself. That includes keeping hold of this watch.”

Boots Riley

Director of ‘Sorry to Bother You’

3 Dumb Devices We’re Not Ready to Give Up


“The iPod Classic. Whether it’s a script, lyrics or something else, I spend a lot of time writing while listening to music with my headphones plugged in. I could use my phone to play music, but then I’d get distracted by calls and texts, or think, ‘Oh, maybe I should research this,’ and look it up. A few people noticed I had the Classic and were like ‘I’ll get you an iPod Touch,’ but I need to be away from the internet when I’m writing. The iPod Classic isn’t even necessarily good but I like to feel like I can have and hold my music. What if we all have our music on the cloud and somehow, 30 years from now, it just goes away? Even if the music is digital, the iPod makes it physical and that’s comforting.”