The Solitude of the Internet

in ask on (#3JH)
The Globe and Mail (among many others) reports that Parks Canada will be adding wireless internet access to many of its wilderness Parks in the near future. The argument is that people still want to be able to connect when they are oot and ab- oot in remote nature.

It's a great dilemma. I know many families where TVs were banned from summer cottages because the point of going back yonder was to get away from all that. These bans are great because boredom leads to other activities when the default or habitual options are taken away. I also remember the first time I ordered off Ebay sitting next to a remote lake with only forests around for miles (okay, kilometers) -- it was exhilarating to think (with enough luck/wealth/etc.) that one could have the best of both worlds. What do Pipedot contributors think about mixing nature with the internet -- something to be embraced or guarded against?

Dependency (Score: 3, Insightful)

by on 2014-04-30 10:43 (#19H)

It might be nice to have that technical connection if you urgently need some weather or life saving information, but I think it's a distraction otherwise. The first world has become too dependent on technology. We can't seem to put our phones, tablets, whatever down. We are much more disconnected than we think we are, but not in a technical sense. The wifi won't do much for you if Yellowstone does ever happen to go boom. We're better off relearning some basic survival skills. One day, technology may not be here.
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