Do cell phones, email, Facebook, and text messages overwhelm you? Participants in the “Slow Media” movement became fed up with multitasking and decided to no longer be slaves to high technology. Instead, they write letters and tend to do one thing at a time – much like devotees of “slow food,” who prepare dishes from scratch and take time to enjoy leisurely meals with friends.
Resisting the constant demands of fast media is a sensible, appealing idea. We should all work toward balance in our lives and not allow the iPhone to take over. On the other hand, this movement could easily become a refuge for lazy laggards and loony Luddites. Like many issues, this one comes down to a question of degree. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing – in either either.
I suspect there is no broad interest in slow media; there hasn’t been enough buzz to generate a Wikipedia entry, for example. And don’t bother going to Gooogle — you won’t find a slow media website. Big surprise there. Still, one longs for the simple life.