Monday, March 6, 2017

unplug


when i was in doctoral school, my dissertation research focused on how social media has impacted our society's communication, both written and face-to-face.  i'm always fascinated at how much technology changes our ability to communicate.  undoubtedly, it has improved the ease of communication greatly, but it has come at a high cost of (in my opinion) ruining our ability to write formally and to hold an "old fashioned" face-to-face conversation.  so, i found photographer eric pickersgill's photo series to be interesting (and a bit sad because they're true).  all of the photos in his series called "removed" are to remind us of how strange we look holding our mobile devices by removing the mobile devices from the images.  i try my best to not be glued to my phone constantly, but i'm certainly guilty of this too.  the photo of the couple in bed (bottom left corner) really struck me.  something to think about on a monday morning . . . in our mobile-device-driven world, it's important to take time to unplug.

love, laurie

2 comments:

Mom H. said...

That's one nice thing about having an old-fashioned flip phone; it does not require having to be looking at it constantly because there is nothing interesting on it. It is just a phone.

Ma Pa C said...

I could not agree more. The ability to write and communicate properly is lost. Most of the time I do not totally understand what is being text to me because too many words are left out. Then i have to assume what I think they mean and never really figure it out.