Teaching Digital Balance with Arcade Fire OR “I need the darkness someone please cut the lights”


If you haven’t already listened to Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” album do yourself a favor and listen.* If you don’t like the sound, at least read the lyrics. It’s a concept album about the loss of simpler times, our disconnect from nature, and the future of modern society and technology. Here’s a snippet:

“Sometimes I wonder if the world’s so small
that we can never get away from the sprawl.
Living in the sprawl.
Dead shopping malls rise like mountains beyond mountains
and there’s no end in sight
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights”
-Arcade Fire, Sprawl II

One of the keys to digital citizenship is teaching balance…and it’s getting harder and harder to do. I’m just glad things like wuphf.com haven’t taken off…

Tech on TV, on your desk, on your lap, in your car, in your pocket, on your wrist. We are surrounded. Digital balance is attainable though, but just like other aspects of digital citizenship it requires discipline and being intentional. There’s a simple answer though.

Turn it off.

Make a list of things you can do that don’t require technology.

Think of times in your day when you can intentionally disconnect.

What works best for me? I need the darkness someone please cut the lights.

*But don’t just take my word for it.


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