Last Analog Generation – do you remember the last time you had nothing to do… and didn’t immediately grab the mobile?
Do you remember when you had nothing to do and didn’t have a mobile to check things? While you waited for a friend, at a café, without checking a mobile?. Are you part of the last analog generation? According to Michael Harris, yes, if you were born before 1985. What does it mean to be the last generation to remember life without internet? In some decades, these thoughts won’t even exist anymore: personal experiences about how life was before and after the digital era will disappear.
In The End of Absence Harris shows the last “bilingual generation“, able to “translate” the analog world into the digital one. It’s different from Nicholas Carr in The Shallows, on the effects of constant connectivity on human behavior. TV was criticized before and now, internet. Both have good and bad things. Harris says that instead of wondering what “we should do“, we now wonder “what did I miss?” being out of internet for a while and how it’s about quantifications of human self-worth: if a tweet is retweeted, it means I’m worthy, leading to confusing who we really are. What do you think of that?
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