You’ve probably heard of the vibe shift.
The vibe shift is whatever you want it to be.
The vibe shift is the death of the unitary internet.
The vibe shift is the re-emergence of local, regional, national constellations of power and culture separate from the astroturfed greenery of the web.
The vibe shift is a return to ‘zines, books, movies, maybe even magazines and newspapers, because the web was once an escape from work and all the responsibilities of “real life” and now it has come to replace them.
Lately I have been leaving my phone in the car when I go places. These insidious toys entered our lives with a simple question: “what if I need it?” I cannot recall a single situation in the past decade when I truly needed a mobile phone. Instead I have begun to ask myself, “what if I don’t need it?” What if a mobile surveillance and distraction device is actually the last thing I need to carry with me?