Media Goes Back to the Land

Every summer or so I have the extreme fortune to spend a couple of weeks cell phone free in the Montana woods. Only recently did my husband's parents rig up the internet to stay in touch with somebody other than the moose at the salt lick. Unplugging impacts everybody in a different way it seems. Some get hives just thinking about the virtual landslide that becomes the untended email inbox. Others (myself included) prefer the "mark all as read" approach to any missive that floats in during a scheduled vacation.

I read a boatload during these off the grid adventures. This summer's list included A River Runs Through It, The Monkey Wrench Gang and The 100 Mile Diet - all inadvertently linked by advocacy for a meditative life or at the very least life lived with a hearty side of impact contemplation. I'm all for buying less tho am locked in mortal combat with my shoe collection and am embracing the evolution from struggling house plant lover to garden maven (see Mr. Stripey) And I know I'm not alone - so it got me thinking, what if media went back to the land?

What would this mean? Feel free to insert full double rainbow reference here. Can we approach our digital lives with the same thought we give our real lives... is there room for this sort of hybrid, would slow media offer a richer online experience or are we just asking to be sucked into the swirling data vortex? I think there's room...