Humans Are Inefficient, Should We Let Them Live?
In researching the objects in my latest art show, I am having to dive deep into the history of consumer grade goods. Lately record players have been on my list, more precisely, Montgomery Ward “Airline” portable Phonographs. This is a long product line, stretching back to the time when record players were disguised as furniture. The design of this product went through so many iterations. These days, music players all look like 4”x 6”x .5” slabs of glass, but in the before-time, chaos reigned supreme. So many different tone arms, speaker grills, treble/bass knobs. It is maddening. Some person either was advancing good design with each change or cheapening the production process. When our robot overlords finally make themselves known, I hope they understand why the former should live and the latter should be tossed on the scrap heap of history.