“Embrace a post-digital ethos.” I borrowed that phrase from a poster at Claire’s Cabal.
The phrase came up in the midst of a wistful discussion about the need to create just enough of an online profile to reassure potential employers while also scrubbing (or avoiding in the first place) a profile that surrenders too much privacy. Participants lamented the increasing need to create a sanitized public facade. One said that while leaving the ‘Net was out of the question, backing away from ‘Net life was imperative.
We’ve talked about this before. Many of us are in love with — married to — the ‘Net while at the same time appalled by its increasing problems: the ever-more-devious snoopery, the control by a few arrogant billionaires and mega-corps, the mob mentality and increasing intolerance of dissent from some PC norm, the fact that the most casual remark goes on that infamous “permanent record” our high school counselors could only imagine.
Or if we don’t love our online lives, we perceive that we can’t disengage from them. We have too many ties: work, banking, family contacts, gaming, shopping, whatever.
For most of us, leaving the ‘Net is unthinkable. Yet many of us, I suspect, cherish a desire to separate ourselves from the online world.
So today’s Friday Freedom Question is: What part of your life that’s now lived online would you most like to make “post-digital”?
If there’s no part of your current cyberlife that you’d like to take offline, why not? And how do you adjust to the ‘Net’s increasing intrusions?