Taking things for granted

While watching “Objectified,” the first thing that came to my mind was “Unwrapped.” Unwrapped is a television show that displays how different candy/snacks/beverages are made. Of course, my mind automatically went to food. From “Objectified” I drew connections to another television show, “How It’s Made.” I’ve always been so intrigued and curious as to how everything has came to be as it is today.

One quote I captured from “Objectified” is, “…from the moment they wake up, almost everything that fills our world has been designed.” This blows my mind. My bed was designed. My laptop I’m typing on has been redesigned so many times. The Mountain Dew bottle next to be has been designed. It’s crazy to think about. As a child, I always asked too many questions. How did a hairbrush become a hairbrush? How did we get here? How do we even exist?! Now, I ‘m getting off topic, but my questions are endless.

As humans, we are so wasteful as we throw out old products when the new arrive. People are always designing. Let’s talk about my iPhone. I got my iPhone 5, three months after it had been released. Nine months later, the iPhone 5s and 5c came out. And a year later, the iPhone 6 and 6+. We consume these designs and we throw them out as we anticipate “better” versions. It’s insane to see how far design has come. Look at computers, phones, and televisions from the past 30 years and see how much they’ve evolved. The bad part is, we take everything for granted.

Shanitra Fulgham

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