Start your 180 in this over-saturated society

Ezra Koenig is the lead singer of Vampire Weekend, a millennial band if there ever was. He’ll voice random, spontaneous opinions often on Twitter; this one strikes a chord.

It’s a Tuesday, a brilliant weather day in New York City, and Koenig is probably enjoying some digital-less existence. Or if he’s not, he’s just tapping into that sentiment. Either way, the capstone tweet – “all my beliefs have done a 180” – calls to mind the many reports about millennials being overloaded by digital gadgetry.

I wrote about this a little more than a month ago. It’s challenging to put aside the phone, the tablet, the laptop, the iPod. Even rejecting its existence for two to three hours can be arduous. Someone is emailing you, right? Someone has a question needing answering, right? And those are the more serious reasons for holding onto a device; more superficially, you might want to check Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or Snapchat. Who knows what crazy things someone you vaguely know is doing.

But if Koenig is truthful here, putting away the phone and ignoring the chime is more than just an action, it’s commitment to a new belief system.

He further says artisanal cafes are ruining cities. I don’t know if the cafes ruin cities as much as the term “artisanal” itself. At some point there’s so much “artisan” that production becomes diluted. Resources thin. Wages decrease. “Artisan” soon becomes as synonymous as check-cashing outposts promoting gold-buying. And basically, not everyone can be an artisan because, at some point, really terrible people are doing “artisan” things.

So over-saturation is the enemy. Too much wifi across the country. Too much artisan in our communities. Not enough open space. Not enough time to relax. Not enough moments to stop and black out. To get there, yes, you have to commit to a new belief system. If Koenig really is championing this, there may be hope yet for a few of us out there.

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