Offline: Navigating Constant Connectivity
The Internet can be the voice of a revolution, a community for kindred spirits and a bridge that spans the global divide. At times it can be transcendent, a vast network of global knowledge and human connectivity, and at times it can be a bottomless chasm of vapid conversation and superficial engagement.
In May of 2012, Paul Miller left the internet. Worried that it had made him unproductive, that it lacked meaning and even 'corrupted his soul,' he unplugged. During his year offline, he embarked on a journey of self-discovery, documenting his experiences and thoughts.
Does logging off allow us a return to Eden? Does it offer a glimpse at a simpler, more meaningful life? Or when we leave, do we find that the burdens of distractions were with us all along?
Join the Human conversation about the boundaries we must create for the network that binds us together and drives us apart.
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- Has the Internet permanently changed the way the think, connect and communicate both online and off?
- Is our cultural distraction and 'fear of missing out' a result of our online obsession? Or does the malese of multitasking stem from our own inner demons?
- How do we create a balance in our lives between our need to connect and the here-and-now of the world around us?
- Can we create a space of unplugged serenity that empowers us to return to the web with our ideals intact?
- Are we lost without the Internet? Have we reached a point where the convenience of online engagement and digital dependence outweighs any benefit of looking up from our devices?
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