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Going Back to Analog

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The New York Times has published a very interesting article on ┬źDigital Insecurity Is the New Normal┬╗. It basically discusses ways how people are dealing with the vast amount of security and surveillance nightmares we are facing in recent years. Normal people can not understand the background of our complex technological world.

An understandable reaction is avoidance. Going back from digital to analog is a fall-back that ordinary people do understand. Governments and companies concentrate on our digital footprints. Paper and the parts of our physical world that are not under complete surveillance are the real safe harbor here.

This can be interpreted as a new era of Biedermeier, a new kind of Digital Cocooning.

I, personally, try to come up with a digital solution which includes avoiding the cloud and promoting decentralization and DIY solutions which are using open source software and open protocols.

However, I do see that this is mostly a viable path for tech-savvy people or at least people who are able to follow tech-oriented blogs like mine. Going back to analog is also a last-resort method for all things where my digital strategy fails.

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