Writer Lauren Collee Charts the Great Offline

“The ‘offline world’ and the ‘wilderness’ function as vessels for our frustrations with contemporary life: They are defined by what they don’t contain, rather than what they do.”
– Writer Lauren Collee, examining the long and problematic history of the “offline” mega-narrative. “True disconnection, like true wilderness, is an empty goal,” she writes. “The internet does not cease to exist as a driving force, any more than ecological systems cease to shape our lives the minute we reach the end of the forest trail and hop back in the car.”

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