Jeremy Glass, We Can’t Get Lost Anymore
i’m so sick of seeing people trash this generation for no other reason than that things aren’t the way they used to be. there’s this constant vitriolic stream of people snarling that selfies, check-ins and blogs are the death of culture, and i am bored of it.
the human desire to record and document experience is hardly new. without that urge we wouldn’t have art, music, dance, theatre. the world of electronics evolving around that to give us an even broader scope of options to preserve our unique view of the world and share it with others is a beautiful thing. despite a legion of cynical naysayers constantly shouting otherwise, i’ve not actually become immune to earth’s beauty or my own experiences in it. stop being terrified of change and development and calling it profound.
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Additionally, I’m not losing my sense of adventure every time I Google something, I’m feeding my thrist for knowledge. I have easy access to the most information that humanity has ever amassed, and you want me to not use that? Because let’s be real, my ancestors who had a “sense of adventure” were actually far more restricted in their travel. I can travel more widely and more cheaply than any point in human history, and you’re trying to imply that my “sense of adventure” has died because of the very technology that has made that possible?
Actually, how about this: my “sense of adventure” is tempered by the responsibilities and anxieties I carry far more than Google or check-ins or hashtags. My “sense of adventure” is tempered by the money I have (or rather don’t have) in my bank account. My “sense of adventure” is tempered by what society has taught me about traveling alone at night. My “sense of adventure” is tempered by the fact that a girl from my high school went on an adventure and ended up murdered, and whose family is still seeking justice because of the negligence of the local police department. My “sense of adventure” is the same as my ancestors’ “sense of adventure,” and it not this nostalgic retelling of history.
And how many of these naysayers have actually taken a trip like Steinbeck or William Least Heat-Moon? How many of them have jumped off a bridge? How many of them feel free to benefit from iPhones and Google and cell service and Instagram, but then criticize younger generations for taking full advantage of the world around them?
We can’t jump off bridges anymore because it’s against laws passed by older generations. We can’t take skinny dips in the ocean because it’s against laws passed by older generations, and adventures aren’t a reality for us because they often cost more money than we have. Technology has made travel more cheap and widespread than ever, and we helped destroy it when we weighed an entire generation down with the responsibilities of another.
Last time I checked jumping off bridges all willy nilly leads to a little thing called death as well, just sayin’
Also, if you ever shit on the omnipresence of maps via smartphone or gps device as losing our sense of wandering whateverthefuck, I will personally come vomit in your shoes. I used to be TERRIFIED to drive into a new city or a new part of a city, because what if I got lost? What if I couldn’t find the only street names I knew to get me where I needed to go? Etc. etc. etc. Now? Now I get a bit tense about it, but I’m not scared the way I used to be, because I know that if I get lost all I have to do is pull over, grab my phone, orient myself, plot a new route from where I am, and I’m good to go. If I’m feeling more adventurous or spontaneous, I can wander a bit without checking my map app, but the thing is, when I do that, it’s that I can CHOOSE to be lost now, because I don’t HAVE to be lost. Technology has made me feel safe enough to go on adventures because I now carry a personal lifeline to any information I could possibly need, right there in my pocket.
Also does this dipfuck really think people turn down opportunities to go do fun shit just because they can’t instagram it? Really? Jesus.
I love all the commentary above. Also not to mention that technology has made LIFE more accessible and safer for deaf people, and for people with other disabilities, as well.
Yes to all of this beautiful commentary!
Your friendly neighborhood librarian here saying it is much easier to satiate the burning desire for knowledge through a google search and a database find than to troll through endless indexes and rolls of microfilm. And I do not regret that. Nor do I make excuses for loving digital catalogs and digital books and my ability to text other librarians a hundred miles away about everything from army field guides to cats. I love living in the future and doing my job in the future. Haters to the right.(via deducecanoe)