Last Christmas, my family and I went to Opryland to watch a Shrek live performance.
Truth be told, I was there to see the Penguins of Madagascar. I would watch that show even if I didn’t have kids. If you think I’m missing Madagascar 3, you’re crazy.
While I was there, I took some photos. While reviewing them on my phone, I noticed there was something hidden in the bottom of one.
In the front row of the performance, there was a guy videoing the whole thing with his iPad. Here’s a picture of him. (How meta is this moment? I’m writing a blog about a photo I took with my iPhone of a man videoing something with an iPad?)
This photo captures something I’m curious about in my own life.
The weird thing is that, because he was filming the show, he watched the entire thing through an 8-inch screen. Even though he was on the front row and surrounded by the real, honest to goodness, 3D performance, he experienced the whole moment through his iPad.
And it’s not just Shrek performances that happens at either. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how musician Skrillex yelled this at a crowd, “You can’t party through a screen. Put your phones away!”
The truth is, this is not easy. It’s tempting to experience life through a four-inch or eight-inch screen. But here’s something that might be even cooler.
The 360 degree screen you’ve already got.
We can experience life through a revolutionary retina screen or directly through the retinas all the technology in the world can’t capture.
The eyes we have. The senses we’ve been given. The big screen all of us have already won.
Document moments that matter to you. Video with iPhones and iPads. I think that can be great. But never try to live your entire life through a screen. You’re life is bigger, more colorful, and more awesome than that.