Bookmarked The 4 Questions to Ask before You Unplug

If youโ€™re concerned about the internetโ€™s effects on the world and on yourself, unplugging might not be the answer.

Alexandra Samuel looks at the research into unplugging. She frames this around four questions:

  1. Whatโ€™s the problem weโ€™re trying to address by unplugging?
  2. What else would we (or our kids) do with this time?
  3. What do we give up when we unplug?
  4. How does unplugging help prepare us for our daily lives in a digital world?

Maybe a part of the solution is not ‘unplugging’, but being more digitally mindful? Amber Case has listed some interesting strategies associated with this topic.

Listened The value of rituals in a digital world from Radio National

Are rituals still needed in a world mediated through digital devices?

Alexandra Samuel made the argument that ‘digital rituals’ are associated with the notions of reflection and community.

I think there’s two pieces. I think there’s the reflection and formulation of intention, what do I want from this experience, what does it mean. You know, a lot of rituals will include some element of solitary reflection as part of that process, and I think that is hugely valuable when it comes to thinking about our digital lives. But then the other piece is really almost the mirror image of that. Yes, there’s a piece of ritual that is about solitary reflection, but then there’s another piece that’s really about community recognition and understanding that you are now taking your place in a community or changing your relationship to the community or the community is now offering you a different form of participation or membership, and that notion, that when you join a community or when you change your relationship to the community, that you need to have some kind of mutual negotiation of what that means, that I think is a big part of what’s missing and it really has to do with giving us a chance to say, you know, hey, your Facebook login or your Instagram account or your new blog are not just about you, you are taking a place in a larger community that has a stake in how you use of this access.

This made me wonder if approaching the web following the #IndieWeb principles is somehow ritualistic. Rather than merely commenting or sharing, I now make the effort post content on my own site and syndicate from there.

My only question is whether this is the way it is simply because the technology is yet to develop and as it currently is, the #IndieWeb involves a little bit more effort and investment? Or will the community nature of it sustain the reflective nature?

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