It's the most wonderful time of the year--time to sign up for DLINQ's 2021 Digital Detox. The topic of our '21 DD will be Digital Equity and Inclusion in a Pandemic. Join us as we reflect on and explore strategies on this important and timely topic https://t.co/OHS0jYbkug— Anne of Green Mountains (@amcollier) December 11, 2020
Every year, as DLINQ’s Digital Detox nears, I reflect critically on digital detoxes. From the start of our Digital Detox initiative, we have emphasized looking beyond mindful approaches to technology to ask difficult questions about the complex entanglements of digital technologies in social life (e.g., surveillance, hard-coded biases, misinformation). But as I observe the upswell of interest in digital detoxes more broadly, I can’t help but worry. Do digital detoxes focus on the wrong things? Do they propose that the solutions to our serious digital attention and connection challenges are temporary disconnections from technology, instead of addressing how and why digital platforms operate in the ways they do?