Uncontained Digital Disconnection and the Experience of Time

Robert Hassan

Grattan Street Press | Published : 2019


A year or so ago, my teenage daughter Camille had a mild obsession with the 2007 film Into the Wild. Based upon Jon Krakauer’s 1996 book of the same name, it recounts the real-life story of Christopher McCandless, a young American who dropped out of university, abandoned a life of middle-class comfort, gave away what money he had to Oxfam, changed his name to Alexander Supertramp, and began to hitchhike, walk and kayak his way across North America. For two years he lived how he could, relying in no small part on the generosity of strangers for food and shelter and, occasionally, work. Something had changed in McCandless’s mind. Stresses at home, his family’s expectation for him to be success..

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