Beginning to Tread “Digital Water”

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I’m working on creative work — writing, discussions, documentary work, music, and performance — around the concept of seeing and understanding the sociology of Digital Water.

What in the world is “digital water”?

I created a YouTube video that began my journey to discuss the concept.  It was part of my proposal for SXSW Interactive, and has become the core of my Core Conversation there on March 11.


The concept expands on the saying that “A fish can’t see water.”   David Foster Wallace in 2005 gave a commencement address entitled This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life” to Kenyon College about living an intentional life — about noticing and stepping outside your own center.  The Glossary, a visualization production shop, made it into a video in 2013 that became viral (and has been formally taken off of YouTube and Vimeo).  The fuller story can be found in a New York Times article in 2009 and an AdWeek article in 2013.

The question I’m wrestling with is related.  How do we become intentional and not self-centered consumeristic with connected digital living?  How do we think about others, not just ourselves?  How do we renegotiate how we deal with real life, real time, real place?

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