I wanted to share with you an article I came across this week entitled, "All that Logging in Makes Dropping Out Much More Difficult" and I found it in the Arts & Leisure section of the NYT.
As you can see, Virtual Distance is beginning to show itself in popular culture. As more and more people begin to discover that being online much of our time changes the way we live our lives and in some cases, in a way that is not always positive, understanding Virtual Distance becomes even more paramount. The article refers to a few new movies that have been shown at a recent film festival, with stories based on our lives in the online age. It’s quite an interesting article and I would recommend reading it.
Recently someone recommended that I see the movie “Catfish”. I was able to get it from "on-demand". It was a true story, according to the advertising – we just don’t know the truth sometimes. However, taking it at face value, in sum, it was a sad story about a woman who had created an entire fictitious life using Facebook, and drawing in several people, who never knew, and may still not know, their pictures or identities were being used in another person’s complex fantasy. Of course it’s not new that people in sad and somewhat desperate situations find ways to escape. But what is new is that in that realm, people have access to others' lives as a way to fill in their own, in a way that has never been available before.
As more pop culture begins to reflect the uneasiness and in some cases “craziness” that comes along with representing ourselves in a way that moves away from the natural, we must consider how we remain true to ourselves and to each other. One way to do that is to minimize affinity distance – ensuring that we truly understand other people’s values and remembering that we are indeed all interconnected at a human level.
What are your thoughts?