Wired wilderness: Are we losing our ability to get 'away'?

When's the last time you experienced a sense of wonder in a place where the signs of civilization are few and far between? (Chris Ford/flickr)


Jason Mark, editor of the environment quarterly Earth Island Journal, speaks with guest host Terry O'Reilly about losing the concept of "away" thanks to plans to extend online connectivity to the world's hinterlands. In his article for The AtlanticMark argues that "away" -- as an idea and a physical space -- is, as he puts it, "a civic good," and it goes beyond simply being in another place.

"When you get into the deep wilderness, you suddenly realize that we humans -- when we're no longer equipped with our awesome and quite amazing technologies -- we're a very small part of the picture," says Mark.

Do you agree that it is increasingly difficult to get "away" in our wired world? When was the last time you were truly unplugged and unreachable?

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