What a ridiculous state of affairs this is. To obsess over the offline and deny all the ways we routinely remain disconnected is to fetishize this disconnection. Author after author pretends to be a lone voice, taking a courageous stand in support of the offline in precisely the moment it has proliferated and become over-valorized. For many, maintaining the fiction of the collective loss of the offline for everyone else is merely an attempt to construct their own personal time-outs as more special, as allowing them to rise above those social forces of distraction that have ensnared the masses.
Nathan Jurgenson on “The IRL Fetish.” Don’t we all know these people who think they’re awesome because they don’t have a Facebook? Haven’t we all been this person at some point in time, bragging about the fact that we don’t check our phones during dinner? I love that Jurgenson calls some serious BS on the romanticized idea of tech separatists. Read the whole thing here.