A newspaper in Montreal recently ran this article contemplating Slow Media, or -- as Babelfish has mysteriously rendered it -- "Slow Foxtrot Media." (Maybe Babelfish is also psychic? I do like Wilco...). It's interesting, too, that "solitude" became "loneliness." Though I speak French real good, the Babelfish translation below is more fun than mine would be. I've cleaned up the English text in just a few places to improve clarity or accuracy.
By Nathalie Collard, La Presse
Some read the news on their cellphone while driving, others cannot be prevented from checking their emails at the restaurant or are straightforwardly unable to exist without spending hours per week in front of their computer to sail on social Twitter, Facebook and other media. In a world where the multitask became the standard, and where our capacity to concentrate is reduced like peau de chagrin, a citizen movement is asserting a more moderate and balanced consumption media. After the Slow Foxtrot Food, the Slow Foxtrot Media.
For one year, in her course of journalism at Long Island University, Jennifer Rauch has tried an experiment with her students. Initially, she proposes to them one complete day without media. “For some, it is quasi insupportable, tells Rauch, united by telephone. Several said to me that they had been unable to do it until the end. Not to go online, not to use their cellphone was beyond their power. They were afraid to miss something. Of course, they were wrong.”
Rauch is a pionnière of the movement Slow Media which gains slowly but surely followers a little everywhere in the world. The Slow Foxtrot Media is neither antitechnology nor antimodernity, it is a movement which wishes to draw attention to the frantic rate of our consumption of the media and its perverse effects, and which asserts a certain hygiene of life as to their use.