I watched this documentary a while ago called ‘We Live in Public’, which is about a social experiment that was conducted in the late 90’s based on ‘Big Brother’ and the whole pandemic of privacy loss with the introduction of the Internet. I remember while watching this documentary – which was quite controversial and a very risqué portrayal of what people will actually do in front of a camera, even in the eye of the public – I was surprised at how much it made me realize that my life at this point – a decade later – is not much different.
Although I still hold a very substantial amount of privacy in my life, and I would never be an extremist that decides to live in complete transparence by ﬁlming everything I do, it is becoming more and more difficult to obtain this privacy the more integrated social media and the use of technology becomes in my life.
As an artist whose sole promotional tool is utilizing web campaigning, social media, and digital aggregators, it has become close to impossible for me to remain in silence. But the most interesting thing is that I don’t even think about it in the day to day.
I make a meal, and before I even taste the food – its ﬁltered, framed, and posted on Instagram. I get a haircut, and before I even meet up with people in the real world, I’ve already posted pictures for approval on Facebook. I release a new album, and instead of taking the time or money to press it, I post it almost instantaneously online.
What I have to remember is, one – being careful of what I let be ﬁlmed, noted, or posted online, and more importantly two – that there is such joy in putting a record on and sitting down to simply listen – with no distractions. The same goes for eating; I was listening to a podcast the other day and this couple was speaking about texting or checking their phones during dinner, and how they have to set up rules to put their phones away in order to keep the romance alive.
As someone who works for the biggest computer company in the world, I understand what it means to be attached to your phone, or your computer. People always say ‘this is my life!’ As someone whose life is completely submerged in social media – both for my personal life and my greater music career, I understand what it means to be addicted to telling the world what’s going on with your bad self.
But I encourage you to spend a meal without the phone, or sit down and pull out your old vinyl and just listen to a record start to ﬁnish, or go for a walk and enjoy the sun and the beauty around you. Enjoy the company you’re with, the time away from technology, and the time for yourself and only for yourself – just for a moment, I assure you it will be worth it.