"Our online phantom world has become the new us. We create complex webs of information and people who support us, and yet they are fleeting, so tenuous. Time speeds up and then it begins to shrink. Years pass by in minutes. Life becomes that strange experience in which you're zooming along a freeway and suddenly realize that you haven't paid any attention to driving for the last fifteen minutes, yet you're still alive and didn't crash. The voice inside your head has become a different voice. It used to be "you." Now your voice is that of a perpetual nomad drifting along a melting landscape, living day to day, expecting everything and nothing." Douglas Coupland, Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Leaving the Net for a Virtual Retreat
After years of ever-accelerating pervasive immersion in the network stream, I'm taking an extended break in order to gain some much-needed perspective . . . to remember what it's like to live outside of the global village, unlinked from the constant virtual presence of the electronic tribe. I'm going to turn off my news feeds, disconnect from social networks and refrain from posting on blogs and media sharing sites. I'm not sure how long I'll be gone. Or what may change when I find my way back. But I will return. Hopefully refreshed, renewed and with a conscious direction.