Here is my simple humble opinion. Having been kicked off my expat forum for of all crimes, understanding why (in my own opinion) Brexit happened and committing the crime of being relieved Hilary never got in (kind of like denying God leading to excommunication in earlier days), I have come to the conclusion from my observations here in Germany that reality is the new black this year. I have almost teenage kids, and I see their minds click-clicking away, and as an early adopter of the Internet was pondering why I couldn’t tell them to switch it off. I’m 50, old enough to remember three channels on the telly in Britain and the hoohar when Channel Four came. I have been reading a fascinating book “The Revenge of Analog” which discusses how real stuff is making a return. After decades of virtual everything, people are desperate for Real Life again. They are buying vinyl albums, paper books, getting real jobs (not call centre crap).
This tallies with my own experiences. I trained in a field called geographic information systems in 1990 and back then, was to many people the dog’s nads when it came to getting a map made. “Let me through I’m a geographer!” was my war cry. So when the sun stopped shining, and I ended up on the scrapheap when Google Earth and Indian outsourcing swept my glitter away, I was left high and dry. Then I recently vegan to figure out what had drawn me to different things since. After my five years mapping the Arabian Gulf I was drawn to sculpture – stained glass and pottery, then while learning German in Munich, I chilled by learning guitar, all the while dreaming of my own home with a garden, and being a home cook.
When my parents died, the only thing which calmed me down was the dream of building a wooden boat (still yes a dream lying in bits in the garage, learning to use a scythe, becoming a beekeeper, building an earth oven to bake pizzas.
What all these things have in common is my desire to embrace reality. Physical, real stuff, as opposed to 1s and 0s. In my opinion, we have seen amazing thigs with the Internet the last decades, but there is simply too much crud out there. It has become Roger Waters’ “I got thirteen channels of shit on the TV to choose from”) and now you can watch what we used to call snuff moveis thanks to ISIS online if you want. So I believe the net has caused more trouble than benefits. Here in Germany, they still view the web as positive, and that’s because I believe they didn’t outsource everything to Bangalore like we in US/UK did. This is why nationalism / regionalism has taken over. Bavaria may one day go independent, as Catalonia, they have been paying for other pooerer regions of Europe, and what have they had back? Only trouble. So I think localisation, and turning off the virtual world (ironically you are reading this on the net, but I think WordPress is one of the more discerning platforms to use).
So here, I present the scene from Network…