Digital life is like a copy of a copy of a copy.  Most of the real details are either fuzzed out or glossed over in an attempt to make ourselves appear more ideal and praiseworthy.  For those of us dinosaurs born and raised into the time before social media and the internet, our approach to it reflects a healthy sense of scepticism.  However, those who have not known the pre-internet age approach digital life with greater belief in it’s reality and less doubt.  Perhaps the reason why Vampires and Zombies hold such a fascination in fiction these days is due to what they say about us when we are plugged in to the internet.  The internet is a ‘time-vampire’ and we become ‘digital-zombies’ as we use this medium to surf ourselves into oblivion for a variety of reasons.  In terms of our mental health, our digital synapses aren’t helping.  We become more alone, isolated and starved of the real contact we need as a species.  In the 60’s Timothy Leary and the others of the Beat generation lived by the phrase “Tune in, Turn on, Drop out”, and made it a metaphor for non-conformism.  Perhaps if we turned that phrase into: “Tune out, Turn off, Drop in”, we would live more engaged, fulfilling lives away from a screen.

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