Pros and cons of the 'Digital Sabbath' | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions |

In this thought provoking article by Jason Farman for The Atlantic, we are asked: "Who says that we cannot form deep connections to places and people with our phones in our hands?"


The article is clearly written to mainly support the anti-Digital Sabbath arguement, and I am not necessarily in full agreement.  But the case is spelled out in a very compelling manner, invoking, among others, Plato, who believed that writing would cause people to disconnect us from the people and places in our lives.


Indeed, the same was said about telephones (they would stop people from visiting their families) and TV (which would harm family interaction).  The former is given as an example in the article, I trust as an example of how wrong the doom and gloom merchants have been about how every advance would adversely affect our lives. 


I actually think that there was some validity to these arguments and the oldest people who any of us know would support the original theories to differing degrees.


Where I find the anti-digital Sabbath arguments put forth here to be particularly interesting, are when the author invokes the power of digital storytelling, and how projects such as [murmur] or Broadcastr, can actually give us a deeper connection to a place than we have ever had.


Farman is certainly understanding of those who feel that they need to ditch their devices for a day (or two) each week in order to reconnect with their families and perhaps other aspects of their lives that have suffered due to digital, technology and information overload.  Ultimately though, he simply asks that everyone see the positive impact mobile media has had on our lives.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Mobile Marketing, Strategy and Beyond"


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