How many hours do you spend alone online a day and, at the end of the day, do you have anything real you can hold in your hand or is everything you experienced only stored in the core of your virtual existence? When you are online at home or at work what are you doing and in what percentage? Reading? Writing? Watching something? Buying something? Something else? What things do you do online that requires an ongoing payment or subscription?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote about Paved Plantations and how a slavery mentality moved from the fields and into the cities.
I wonder if there is another sea change bobbing on the horizon where Virtual Plantations will one day be the new prison for disenfranchised communities. In my article, Urban Wilds, I wrote this:
The history of the development of America has been one of extreme Westward movement: We want to get away from each other; we want land of our own; we need private space. Suburbia is a perfect example of this sort of “lazying out” from the city core – but what happens when suburban areas become tighter and paved and they transmogrify into Megalopolises as geographer Jean Gottmann suggested in 1961 or the ever-infringing Edge City as Joel Garreau described in his 1991 monograph of the same name.
…and now I begin to wonder if the online revolution is yet another form of psychically moving away from each other to stake a further claim for a plot of space that can only be tended and never really owned by any of us.
Later this week we will discuss online relationships and friendships. Today’s post centers solely on the individual living alone online.