Life in the “Digital Now”

One year ago, Abha Dawesar was living in blacked-out Manhattan post-Sandy, scrounging for power to connect. The experience left her asking a question; have our lives now become fixated on the drive to digitally connect?

In the following TED video Dawesar states:

“The self as we once knew it no longer exists and I think that an abstract digital universe has become a part of our identity.”

She then discusses the importance of story:

“I’m a novelist and I’m interested in the self because the self and fiction have a lot in common; they are both stories, interpretations. [] Our story of our life is based on direct experience but it’s embellished. A novel needs scene after scene to build and the story of our life needs an arc as well. It needs months and years, discrete moments from our lives are its chapters. But the story is not about these chapters, it’s the whole book.”

Everyone’s story is spread throughout social silos like Facebook and LinkedIn. Each network, no matter how valuable and data rich, only represents a chapter or two of your life. So what does your book say? Start sharing your whole story with Follr today.

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