There are many opposing groups and subcultures in America. Democrats and Republicans. Red Sox fans and Yankees fans. Coke drinkers and Pepsi drinkers.
Camp people and non-camp people.
I was raised as a non-camp person. That doesn’t mean I never went camping. My family spent one miserable weekend in a state park when I was very young, and as a teenager I attended week-long basketball camp. But I didn’t come back with the undying love of camp culture that infects so many. Today, I’m on the fence. I’d love to be a camp person; they seem so confident and capable, both physically and socially.
This weekend, my 7-year-old and I are going camping. With the Cub Scouts. Overnight, probably in the rain.
Next Monday’s episode of 52 Pickup, my podcast for members, will chronicle the trip. Here’s a teaser. Members will get the full episode in few days.
52 Pickup is my members-only podcast. Episode 29 represents a major revision of the show. Consider it “52 Pickup 2.0.” I’ve made it available here for everyone to listen to, members and non-members alike. If you enjoy it, become a member and get another episode like it every week. I’d appreciate it greatly.
Last week, I read an interesting article in The New York Times by Sherry Turkle. Sherry is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT. The article, entitled “The Flight From Conversation,” explores the idea that we as a society have abandoned conversation for connection:
“Human relationships are rich; they’re messy and demanding. We have learned the habit of cleaning them up with technology. And the move from conversation to connection is part of this. But it’s a process in which we shortchange ourselves. Worse, it seems that over time we stop caring, we forget that there is a difference.”
It’s a compelling topic, especially as a person who spends a lot of time using online social tools to communicate with many far-flung friends. In this episode, I explore the idea of technology, social tools, conversation and modern-day, connected friendships.
Patrick Rhone of Minimal Mac and Ged Meheux of The Iconfactory share their thoughts as well.
The Flight From Conversation
Sherry Turkle speaking at TED
The iPhone, an Automobile For Your Mind
Shawn Blanc on the iPhone as an automobile for the mind
What do very happy people all have in common?
Here’s another free episode of 52 Pickup, my members-only podcast. This episode features part one of my conversation with author and photographer and author CJ Chilvers. It’s photography made simple on 52 Pickup.
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A nice post from Carl at Tech In The Trenches, posted as a follow-up to a recent episode of my podcast, 52 Pickup:
“The phone has trained us to heed its call immediately. The phone is rarely important. If someone needs to reach you that badly, the news will still be just as valid and timely if you get it 30 seconds later.”
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