Listen closely to James Brown's Super Bad: nestled in-between Bobby Byrd's keyboards and Bootsy Collins' bass line is a flaw. It's the sound of a squeaky hihat pedal. A squeak that nobody felt the need to remove - nobody felt compelled to record an update. And yet the recording is still wonderful even with this supposed flaw because - for me at least - it adds texture.
I strongly believe these bumps and scars - these moments of subtle poetry - are what we as human beings fall in love with. These amazing digital devices we hold in our hands shouldn't be an exception; in fact because of their Flatland like nature we need to make sure we add these often illogical empathetic moments in-between to our interfaces and so we can create objects that not only Beep but squeak a little too.
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