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Thoughts on the rise of “Technomads” … are we, in fact, “taking less” home from our travels?

Mr. Sean Bonner has an interesting piece featured on BoingBoing this month,

kicking around thoughts on the growing tendency toward the “Technomad” and “neo-minimalist” identity in culture… Lifestyles made light by ease, efficiency and slightness of technology have lead o travel patterns (for work, pleasure, LIVING what have you) defined more by concept and experience and less by need for bulky luggage and equipment (or, additionally, the means and ways to carry, protect and house such gear.)

Bonner offers some considerate observations from his own journeys… prompting what I feel is a great conversation on the changing role of not only the need for gear in travel, but the way in which we approach possessions and settlement in general.  It’s a conversation ripe for assessing our drive to collect and retain trinkets & treasures gleaned from these chapters in our lives… a look at how it seems many of us may collect and drag around less and less in our lives given the changing role of gear and communications…

I dig it.  I dig it.  But the drive to survey, collect and return with treasure remains strong in me… lots of us, yea?  All them stones and stories from places and people… This fella Sean hits on some solid questions… and truths… but I haven’t perused enough of his material to get a feel for his photo trends… Carry what you want… but much of this, his use and ownership of “things…” relies on slightness and ease of new technologies & means of communication… how exactly does a re-evaluation of possessions and sense of self adapt on the road… versus merely getting re-packaged given new tools?

Given a re-assessment of self and ownership, how many photos will he collect?… what would such data and impression collecting have looked like 70 years ago?  heavy. fragile. and demanding a storehouse upon his return… (Again, even having a place to retain/preserve these impressions would have tied the individual more to a particular place and to the accompanying an accumulation of ~things~…)

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