- Stowe Boyd, A Chat with Linda Stone, April 2006
The recent Turkle tirade against selfies (masterfully skewered by Jason Feifer) got me thinking about an earlier anti-newness declaimer, Linda Stone, and her jeremiad against continuous partial attention a few years back. So I pulled the above from something I wrote about her participation in the War On Flow.
The folks bitching about selfies aren’t complaining about ‘documenting our lives’, they say they are advocating for us paying attention to what is going on where we are at any minute. Mindfulness. Investment. Blah blah blah.
But what they really are saying is that we should not remain connected to all the people in our lives who are *not* with us in this moment, who are halfway around the world, or across town. The ones we share the selfies with, or who we are texting, or posting to Tumblr for.
They are waging a war against living in a state of connection, living in a shared stream of involvement. They are like the school teachers that wanted us to sit still and keep our hands folded on the desk at all times, and never pay attention to the birds flying outside the window, or who was walking down the hall. And we were to never whisper or pass notes in class.
As I say above, it’s a matter of trying to cram more into every day, every second. And selfies, Twitter, and whatever else comes along that helps me do that, I’m down. I’m in. And Stone, Turkle, and all of those finger-wagging, anti-connection scolds can bark at the moon all they want, but it won’t stop us from searching for a better clock: one with more hands, running at a rate faster than seconds.(via stoweboyd)
From Fast Company’s interview with Sherry Turkle about her new book Alone Together:Why we Expect More from Technology and Less From Each Other
This is on my list of things to read in the coming weeks. I tend to use the word alienation to make the same points Turkle makes about loneliness. Perhaps it’s time for me to think meaningfully about the difference between the two states of being. My sense is that they are both instances of internal anxieties projected onto the outside world regardless of the presence or lack thereof of other people. No doubt there are subtle differences between the two that I am overlooking.(via modernandmaterialthings)
Prince of Wales and his entourage at the Temple of Amun, Karnak, Egypt, 1862
" Oh, you remember the awful things they said about what’s-her-name before she jumped out the window? There. You see? I can’t even remember her name so who cares?"
The Women (1939)