Getting Lost Again

This month I posted a book review/meditation on Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost for Broad!. It’s a book I love and I hope others will read it too. In the post I ended up lamenting the difficulty of ever getting lost in the digital age. So much of Solnit’s book is about writing and art that it made me think about how getting lost is a worthwhile part of creating, and I want to expand on that by connecting writing to my discussion of the internet. I use a lot of social media, but I’m increasingly disenchanted by it. I think this is how it feels:

social media ballLike a loud, colorful, burgeoning thing.

Social media can be good for publicizing published work, and sometimes for making professional connections with other writers. Is it really helping anybody write? Hell no. But writers, myself included, are always on there, tweeting #amwriting, using 750words.com (which I didn’t like after all), blogging instead of working on our stories, distracting ourselves from getting any real work done. This is why I plan to spend large spans of my winter break time with my computer off, or at least with Freedom on. It’s not so much that I want to be uber-productive on my vacation, although I hope I get some projects done, but that I want to recover my own internal rhythm: my attention to the books gathering dust on my shelves, my spontaneity, my uninterrupted thoughts. Maybe I’ll just drive somewhere without a plan, and then not put any photos up on Facebook. Everybody needs that break sometimes, but I’ve been thinking about lifestyle on the whole, as a pattern of actions, and in the long term I want my connections with people to be more meaningful, if less frequent.

Some of my friends in Guard Llama Comedy made this video about social media, so I’ll leave you with that.

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2 responses to “Getting Lost Again

  1. Hey Brittany,

    This is a well timed post for me. Lately I have been feeling rather overwhelmed by social media too and distracted by the internet in general! Since I prefer writing on the laptop over my old composition notebook, I’ll have to check out Freedom or other apps like it to see if they help.

    And thank you for sharing the Social Media video. It gave me a much needed laugh and cry (that our digital lives are so pathetic). I subscribed to Guard Llama Pictures on YouTube so I don’t miss any of their videos.

    Cheers, Shatema

    Shatema Brooks 646.807.8599 profiles.google.com/shatemabrooks linkedin.com/in/shatemabrooks

    On Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 8:35 PM, Brittany Lynn Goss wrote:

    > ** > Brittany Lynn Goss posted: “This month I posted a book > review/meditation on Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost for > Broad! It’s a book I love and I hope others will read it too. In the post I > ended up lamenting the difficulty of even getting lost in the digital age. > So “

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