The Weekly Stripe – 03.01.20
It’s that time of year when many of us embark on small acts of ‘Kondo-isation’ by casting indulgences aside, or attempting to adopt healthier patterns of behaviour. Technology has joined the list of indulgences we seek to restrain, sparking reflections on our relationship with it, and life without it.
An Australian academic spent 4 weeks at sea without technology and wrote about his experiences in a 2019 book – Uncontained: Digital disconnection and the experience of time.
Famous for their careful adoption of technology rather than outright rejection of it, “the Amish use us as an experiment…they watch what happens when we adopt new technology, and then they decide whether that’s something they want to adopt themselves.”
The disavowal of technology is often a form of rejection of modernity and its discontents – as reveal by Mark Boyle’s The Way Home, a book written by candlelight with pencil and paper in a wood cabin on a three-acre small holding in east Galway.
Camp Grounded, one of the original ‘detox’ movements is returning in 2020, after the tragic early death of its founder Felix Levi. And as this TechCrunch article makes clear there’s deals to be had and money to be made in tech disconnecting.
Simplification or reduction is often more practical than complete rejection. Punkt, a Swiss manufacturer of beautiful ‘dumbphones’ are on hand to provide aesthetic compensation for life without email and social media in our pocket.