An Analogue Afternoon
3 February, 2012 § 4 Comments
I just recently finished watching a series of documentaries on the farm life in the Tudor, Victorian and Edwardian periods in Britain. What was impressive to me was the amount of silence that these people experienced through their day to day lives. Much of their work was done alone and without information stimulation. Conversations in those periods happened one on one or through the postal service (yeah, quill, ink, and parchment).
Now, this post isn’t about convincing the world to go back to the 12th century and live like farmers, but when was the last time that you spent a day without electricity on purpose? Could you do it and remain productive (and sane)? What if for a month (don’t get excited) you spent every other afternoon in analogue? I’m talking 12:00pm – 6:00pm. Imagine it, no batteries, no electricity. You and whoever it is around. Could you do it? It’s a lifestyle thing, I’m not gonna lie, you can’t do it without serious sacrifice of connections, conveniences, and stimulation.