To press a button is to prod, to agitate, to insist on action. The swipe seems very limp in comparison. The kinetic nature of button-pushing, of simple cause and effect, might be primitive but it remains pleasing.
Places that grow under the care of the people who live in them seem, somehow, to become much more alive and engaged. The strength of connection in these communities is palpable. You can feel the difference.
There’s nothing even remotely like this in the digital world. The digital world is totally fabricated, stamped out, and controlled.
It’s not just the surveillance, lack of privacy, or interfaces optimized for addiction — those are all downstream from the root problem: our software can’t evolve with us. It’s designed and controlled by the people that make it. We don’t participate in shaping it directly at all.
When people hear the word "design," they thing "special"; creating "special" things is what everyone, designers and users alike, assume design is all about. When in fact, both sides are playing out a mutual fantasy far removed from real life.