With the rise of the web and people being constantly connected, I’m concerned about the future of really experiencing things.
These days I see so many people constantly tweeting, shooting video, and documenting their experiences, especially outdoor experiences, that I wonder if there’s any authentic experience taking place or if the whole thing exists just as a big photo opportunity. If they couldn’t tweet it or put it on you tube, would most people even do it?
This gets at a deeper philosophical question.
Does the impact of reducing an experience into chunks of 140 characters, or making sure the sound is working and we’re in the frame, take away from the experience. Does it change a wilderness experience into a technology and performance experience that takes place in the wilderness?
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great that everyone can have a blog and a youtube channel for free, and the access to information is amazing. But with so many people documenting things is there any room left for just doing them?
The big question is does the experience differ when it’s being filmed compared with when it’s not being filmed?