Looking into the electronic void

It’s no secret my fondness for Manoush Zomorodi’s excellent podcast, “Note to Self”. What I found particularly fascinating was a recent comment in her Informagical Challenge podcast. The challenge was a weekly task to help people cut through the information overload and help them to think more clearly. In the conversation, Zomorodi mentioned her belief that people may see giving up new media with death, that to disconnect to media is in a way to die. Perhaps the new media has given us the fulfillment of a need, if we aren’t showing up on Facebook, or if we aren’t getting messages in our inbox, we aren’t alive. What would happen if somehow we all couldn’t get Wi-Fi or connectivity? Would that push us to a state of terror, needing the constant reinforcement from the electronic world. Since when has Facebook become our second life? Are we really that needy?