Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Landscape or landfill?

I got one of those automatic book recommendations that come through various online book vendors. This time it was about a book about capturing our lives in a digital technology age. One comment struck me among the reviews. The reviewer remarked that he wasn't sure if capturing all this detail was the landscape or the landfill of our lives.

Now I'm sure there is at the very least an illustration in there and more than likely a sermon title.

There must be ideas in there about how we can choose to landscape our lives or simply clutter them up with the rubbish that accumulates, the landfill approach. Maybe it's more to do with looking to simplify. Whatever you make of it, something about the contract between landfill and landscape resonates somewhere, I'm just not sure where.

I'll mull it over and see what comes to the surface. Meanwhile, is your life more landfill than landscape? A place where you store old junk, or a place where you are planting new tress and flowers?


Anonymous said...

how very interesting! is it possible to have the name and author of the book? Judith

Richard Pool said...

The original book was called: Total Recall: How the E-Memory Revolution Will Change Everything by Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmil. The "landfill or landscape" comment was in one of the reviews of the book, but I can't remember which one!

My thoughts were more about the comment than the book. Which is my way of saying the book might not be about the things you thought it was about!! Anyway, it's available through Amazon so you can check out the reviews and synopsis there. The reviews are on Amazon.com rather than the UK site by the way.

Anonymous said...

Thank you