Form follows function

by Parvez Sheik Fareed

A statement that bewilders me is when people say

“Everyone seems to have a blog these days, why did you join this trend?”

or

“A blog, isn’t that a bit out of date?”

What’s the latest thing.

What’s the newest thing everyone is into.

My answer usually is:

“You are asking the wrong question, I can’t answer you that.”

It’s not about what is hip or not hip.

It’s about the principle that form follows function.

I like to challenge conventional wisdom. To present things in a thought-provoking way.

Photography can be thought-provoking.

Architecture can be thought-provoking.

Movies can be thought-provoking.

There are many other things that can be thought-provoking.

I chose words because I can get the message across in writing.

That’s the function.

Then I need to make the function accessible.

I could write emails.

I could write posts on Facebook.

I could write Twitter updates.

I deem a blog the most convenient form. It can be accessed easily by people who want to read it. It requires no technical know-how on my end to maintain it.

That’s the form.

Form follows function.

When there is no function, there is only form. And because there is no function people only see form.

What’s the latest form. What’s the newest form.

The result is mainly rubbish pretending to be original.

And once the latest form is replaced by the next latest form the rubbish piles up over there.

Blogs.

Facebook.

Twitter.

Instagram.

That’s just form.

And this leads to the perception that it’s all about form, if it is hip or not hip to use certain forms.

Because everything people see is rubbish pretending to be original. Because there is no function detectable.

It’s simply using form for the purpose of using form.

Which makes no sense.

It’s rubbish because there’s nothing interesting, beautiful or funny about it.

Function can be interesting, beautiful or funny.

Form can’t.

And when all you have is form, it’s just rubbish pretending to be original.