Text-and-Response

Isn’t it strange how connected we all are? Unknowingly, we all collectively power a light source that illuminate’s sidewalks, alley’s and neighborhoods. Made from wood, plastic, metal and copper, this freestanding poll is the sole median of connectivity. With its many running lines, it hosts power to many other light poles. This is one example of a shared experience. This experience is accompanied by benches and atmosphere, depending on weather conditions. This single light source has become a meeting place for friends, passers-by and strangers. Thus, a community is built from a simple experience. There must be more to paying your monthly electric bill.

With these bills and everyday expenses, it’s difficult to imagine how the function of them pays off. Electricity is a commodity and necessary in our growing society. However, for arguments sake, is it really a necessity? Through the glowing screen of our handheld devices, it has dampened our truest form of communication, speech. Ever get caught in an awkward conversation? Surely. We’ve adjusted ourselves to this program called “text-and-response”.  With a text, you have endless time to think of a response, in your mind, well enough for a follow-up response. It is your duty as the receiver to either dodge the conversation or keep it alive. Over text, it is easy to not respond, almost intoxicatingly easy. If you don’t want to hang out with someone then you don’t respond and claim that your phone was dead. When in public, it’s not as simple.

The art of conversation truly is a mastery. Although technology and electricity has given us the power to connect with nearly anyone in the world, it’s limited us to connecting with our own neighbors. Light poles are more than freestanding sources of light, they are the last form we have that creates a pocket free experience with friends and strangers alike.