Facebook, Turning Off, and Camping
I thought about “The IRL Fetish” off and on after I read it. It came up again in my Twitter feed and I perused a thread about it on MetaFilter. A couple main points I remember are: electronic media like texting, Facebook, Twitter, etc. create a higher appreciation for “non-electronic” “analog” things like, I don’t know, sitting on a couch with friends or watching movies together or going out on a run in the rain. This is, perhaps, in part a reaction to modernity—that some of us wonder if the past was better, more real, or just want to experience it for a bit. The gut reaction to modernity of looking to the past for greater authenticity and realness has happened for decades and centuries, and continues to happen in similar forms. For instance, the pleasure of camping and the wilderness and backpacking; Walden’s pond; or just turning off your phone and leaving it in your trunk, like I did earlier today. Hmm.