No-Digi-Phobia: Fear of Being Left Out of the Digital World

We are a phobic society, afraid of the unknown, and now more than anything, being away from our devices. 20140622_154122The term “nomophobia” has been recently introduced into our vernacular – “no-mobile-phone-phobia” – defining our fear of being without a connection. Emilo PerezThere is a lot of finger-posting going on regarding this trend, blaming the kids and their addiction to the digital world. crazy kidSure, all of my students stare into their phones at every given moment, desperate to scroll, some even convinced that they have been given a new power, that society has conceded to their ability to steer us to a brave new understanding.

However misguided they may be, they’re not the problem, only a symptom. BladeRunnerTyrellThe problem isn’t the users, but the providers, the people building these things, selling the latest models, pushing the digital world relentlessly forward. If you don’t buy, you don’t know, and then you die. nomogalsOur nodigiphobia (“no-digital-device-phobia”) only continues to drive us toward the bleak horizon, latest device in hand, blogging and texting as we go.Syria 216

“Strictly Enforced”: The Meaningless of Words

Signs proclaim it all too often. Strict signFor speed limits, curfews, leash laws, even dress codes.

And yet is it? Enforced strictly, that is. The answer would have to be sometimes, which undercuts the “strictly” bit.homeownerThe same wording is used in announcement before many live events: “No photography permitted. This policy is strictly enforced.” And yet…phonesatconcertsThis is not to say that I am in favor of strictly enforcing anything – beyond Do not inflict harm on or endanger others – but that different words should be used. phoneAt least then the words would mean something.