In the world of smartphones and tablet computers, have we lost "communal news"? Like most of my readers, I love these devices which keep us connected to the world around us. However, in our connectivity are we losing some of our ability to connect with each other?
While riding BART this past week during a visit to Silicon Valley, time and again I noticed parents who were absorbed in their smartphones, while their young children sat next to them. The children were still actively exploring the environment around them with curious looks towards fellow passengers, and watching the passing views out the window. How long will this curiosity last? What message is being taught?
Here are two images which reinforce this view. The first photo is from a phenomenal blog named "The Passion of Former Days". The author's byline says it all: "Exploring old photographs and posters to connect with the people who lived, laughed, and loved in years gone by."
The second image is typical of what one would see anywhere in the world. Reading is still a communal exprience, but my how the experience has changed. We're together, but are we?
Click upon either image to view full sized.
Then (original post: Reading the Papers)
Now (original post: Facebook Before Tap Water)
Photograph taken by Kainaz Amaria of Bloomberg Communications
I'm as guilty as the next person. I own a Android smartphone, a Kindle Fire and an iPad (not to mention my laptop). Like you my reader, I need to disconnect and connect!
In closing, Anna Krentz's blog, The Passion of Former Days, is really worth a visit. I only discovered her work earlier this week, and it's already one of my favorite sites. Here is one final example from her blog illustrating my theme of the communal read, Something Just Broke (the assassination of President John F. Kennedy)