We can’t jump off bridges anymore because our iPhones will get ruined. We can’t take skinny dips in the ocean, because there’s no service on the beach and adventures aren’t real unless they’re on Instagram. Technology has doomed the spontaneity of adventure and we’re helping destroy it every time we Google, check-in, and hashtag.
Jeremy Glass, We Can’t Get Lost Anymore
i’m so sick of seeing people trash this generation for no other reason than that things aren’t the way they used to be. there’s this constant vitriolic stream of people snarling that selfies, check-ins and blogs are the death of culture, and i am bored of it.
the human desire to record and document experience is hardly new. without that urge we wouldn’t have art, music, dance, theatre. the world of electronics evolving around that to give us an even broader scope of options to preserve our unique view of the world and share it with others is a beautiful thing. despite a legion of cynical naysayers constantly shouting otherwise, i’ve not actually become immune to earth’s beauty or my own experiences in it. stop being terrified of change and development and calling it profound.
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Additionally, I’m not losing my sense of adventure every time I Google something, I’m feeding my thrist for knowledge. I have easy access to the most information that humanity has ever amassed, and you want me to not use that? Because let’s be real, my ancestors who had a “sense of adventure” were actually far more restricted in their travel. I can travel more widely and more cheaply than any point in human history, and you’re trying to imply that my “sense of adventure” has died because of the very technology that has made that possible?
Actually, how about this: my “sense of adventure” is tempered by the responsibilities and anxieties I carry far more than Google or check-ins or hashtags. My “sense of adventure” is tempered by the money I have (or rather don’t have) in my bank account. My “sense of adventure” is tempered by what society has taught me about traveling alone at night. My “sense of adventure” is tempered by the fact that a girl from my high school went on an adventure and ended up murdered, and whose family is still seeking justice because of the negligence of the local police department. My “sense of adventure” is the same as my ancestors’ “sense of adventure,” and it not this nostalgic retelling of history.
And how many of these naysayers have actually taken a trip like Steinbeck or William Least Heat-Moon? How many of them have jumped off a bridge? How many of them feel free to benefit from iPhones and Google and cell service and Instagram, but then criticize younger generations for taking full advantage of the world around them?
We can’t jump off bridges anymore because it’s against laws passed by older generations. We can’t take skinny dips in the ocean because it’s against laws passed by older generations, and adventures aren’t a reality for us because they often cost more money than we have. Technology has made travel more cheap and widespread than ever, and we helped destroy it when we weighed an entire generation down with the responsibilities of another.
#also you can’t say it’s not amazing that i can feed my curiosity INSTANTLY and LEARN THINGS#i know a whole bunch about the lumber industry bc my best friend was like ‘i wonder how long it takes for those trees to grow’ as we drove past a timber forest#so i like#just looked it up#and we read about lumber for 10 minutes#like#ARE YOU TELLING ME THAT’S NOT AWESOME?????#THAT’S SO AWESOME
(tags from pepperonistark)
when people complain this way it reminds me of when i was a kid and during the summer my mom would complain because we stayed inside during the day and watched tv (southern summers y’all) vs when she was a kid they stayed outside and played.
and i was like, INSIDE IS WHERE THE AIR CONDITIONING IS and she said they didn’t have air conditioning back then.
and i finally said, “WELL IF YOU DID, WOULD YOU HAVE STILL SAT YOUR ASS OUTSIDE?”
and she paused for a minute and was like, “oh hell no”
INFMETRY star projector.
I really genuinely want this.
Oh, this is cool, but I bet it’s one of those insanely expensive things I’ll never be able to have in a million years.
Some assembly required, but it looks fun to assemble. AND THOSE RESULTS HOLY CRAP
Yep, added to my wishlist, for sure!
$22?!? I know what I want for Christmas this year…
This is, hands down with no exaggeration, one of the most inspiring and heartfelt collections of advice I have read.
"I had a bacterial infection when I was two that turned into gangrene. People don’t believe all the things I can do. Like write. I have some of the best handwriting in my class." She put her arms together to show me how she would hold a pencil or pen.
"Are you in school?"
"Well I just finished medical school to become a medical assistant." Just then she got a phone call, swiped open the touch screen and effortlessly held the phone up to her ear. I waited patiently as she tried to work out some logistics with a family member. "That was my grandma. She’s on her way to pick me up and take me to my dance studio."
"Yeah, you should come to my performance."
I told her I would absolutely love to.
You fucking go girl.
She’s a truly gorgeous dancer.
What a fucking badass
Garafalo and Gorey are having ace-colour babies! This clutch is being given away to people who would like a chance to own their own flag dragon. This is the first of 10 potential clutch giveaways for flag dragons.
You can see a set of potential offspring here.
HOW TO ENTER
- reblog with your flight rising username and number (the number at the end of your FR profile URL)
- likes do not count
- only 1 reblog will be counted, don’t spam your followers
- you need to be following lgbtlaughs and/or flagdragons for the duration of the giveaway
- winners of a giveaway will be excluded from winning subsequent giveaways
- please do not enter in the hopes of getting free exalt fodder :(
- you can reblog from sideblogs/FR blogs, but 1 reblog per FR username will be counted
- you can do as you please with the hatchling if you win, just don’t be a tool
- Three winners will be chosen with a random number generator
- The 1st winner will get first pick of the hatchlings
- 2nd will get next pick
- 3rd winner will get the remaining one
CLOSING DATE: Hatchday is Friday 6th December!