Loners?

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Estee on 15-01-2009

From Ad Busters:

Loners

“The future is always difficult to quantify, but tomorrow comes with at least one guarantee: it will be lonely. The number of single-person households across the globe is growing at an alarming rate. Struggling with feelings of lonliness and isolation, more and more people are turning to online dating and social networking sites to try and muster up some companionship. Meanwhile, divorce rates are at an all-time high.”

Well heck, that explains three posts in one day. Or, if we’re really smart, we can recognize a great economic opportunity when we see it (seeing as how all of you biz guys are freaking out, why don’t you wake up a little bit). Social entrepreneurship and networking online is KING. I’m not condoning those divorce rates. It might be interesting to examine any correlation between online connecting, the Internet and divorce rates, if any. It’s interesting as connection is at an all time Internet high, we are disconnecting from each other moreso in our personal lives. In my neighbourhood anyway, neighbours hardly come out and say hello to each other (except for my one favourite neighbour). No, instead, we connect through Facebook when we are only meters away from each other!

Yet, in the disability community knew it for a long time — the blessing of at least connecting on the Internet. I mean, as the world is in “crisis” we see many more sprouting of individuals and organizations trying to make this world a truly better place. Thank goodness. As a writer and an only child, I’ve had little problem with being alone, but connecting is a necessity. I hardly think we are alone. I see thousands of you connecting on Facebook at at The Autism Acceptance Project. While it may just be you and I in front of our screens right now, we are at least together in our alone-ness. All of these social connection tools are a way to connect with each other in an otherwise cruel and dangerous world. How do we get out from behind our computer screens and connect in person?

We do it often the autism community and many other communities with a cause do it too. We write, we are active and we meet up at retreats and conferences. Just check out Autism Hub, all the autism activist groups, the forums, the chat rooms. I think the power of the Internet to connect us in our causes and interests has been a blessing in this confused world at the moment. It will be okay. We will all find our way.

Ode to the power of WWW.

Now go say hi to your neighbour.

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About Me


ESTÉE KLAR

I’m a PhD candidate at York University, Critical Disability Studies, with a multi-disciplinary background in the arts as a curator and writer. I am the Founder of The Autism Acceptance Project (www.taaproject.com), and an enamoured mother of my only son who lives with the autism label. I like to write about our journey, critical issues regarding autism in the area of human rights, law, and social justice, as well as reflexive practices in (auto)ethnographic writing about autism.