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No, I will not get off screens into the "real world"


I've a piece on the Meanjin magazine website, 'On Getting Off Screens'.

Basically, I'm weary of (perhaps well-meaning) advice to turn from screens to some magical "real world".

As the author of Distraction, you'd think I'd be dead against digital devices. That's certainly how I've been invited to be, on radio and television: the voice of curmudgeonly Ludditism. And I do have legitimate concerns.

But distraction is about value, not technology. Framing this as screens versus the "real world" is dodgy philosophically and psychologically. Screens offer bucketloads of value--in the right milieu, used in the right way.

To those condescending naysayers: mind your own minds.


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