28/2/2020 0 Comments
On solar power and self-expression
Already vast amounts of power is being generated by solar panels, and it is so much better if we are not clearing forest for solar panel grids, which there is no need to do if we all have our own solar panels on our rooftops, as more and more people are doing. It helps to have subsidies, and it helps to have the technology getting cheaper and cheaper, but I wonder whether it wouldn’t help more if solar panels were also to become more of a form of self-expression. After all many people pay quite a lot to keep up their data plans, so they can post images and messages on social media. How lovely it could be if we were able to light up our solar panels to print messages, in little alphabet-cells, and with colours we could adapt like octopuses to present our messages in the right emotional tone, and perhaps we could persuade our panels to present images too, and we would want to be able to panel-shot our messages like a screen-shot so that they could be seen not only by people flying overhead in aeroplanes (electric planes) or from the road, for those people living in houses with a luckily-pitched roof, but could be posted onto social media. I am imagining it will be easy to change them every day, from our phones. And I am imagining people in aeroplanes, or on the side of the roads, sharing good solar panel displays on social media, so that there could be a form of popular critical acclaim that we would all aspire to even as we also might want to just connect with our neighbours or express our feelings of sorrow or wonder or dismay.
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