Jarter Jargon

One-Day Internet Blackout: What’s the Point?

Posted on: August 28, 2012

Recently, the Reconnect Project challenged everyone to disconnect from the Internet for one day, September 2nd.

The goal? Have everyone create all original content.

This seems like a great idea, getting people to get off of social media and go out to be, well, social. An entire day of not worrying about Facebook or the Twittersphere is exactly what people needs sometimes (ahem, Kate, #PinkCrack).

But let’s get to the point already! The Reconnect Project wants us to reconnect with society and not be bothered by our daily interactions online. Go out! Be Creative!

…but then go online the next day and share what you’ve created…

Seems a little weird, right? The way I see it, every photo uploaded to Instagram is original material. Every video uploaded to YouTube is original material. Their pitch almost makes them seem like they are so outlandish when all of us have considered dropping certain outlets.

College students disconnect from Facebook during finals, athletes disconnect from Twitter, and even I myself have considered nixing FourSquare.

I think it’s a good idea to be creative everyday and share it regardless. It’s what social media is there for: finding cool stuff, displaying your cool stuff, meeting people who are into the same cool stuff.

The Reconnect Project has its heart in the right place, but I’m not quite sold on the idea.


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