The Slow Web Movement :
Wild River Review's Philosophy on the Media
How is digital-age communication affecting us physically and psychologically as a society and as individuals? Are we giving ourselves permission, time and space to finish what we start? Is faster communication always better, particularly when it's often fraught with misunderstanding?
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According to a University of California study, we are now faced with approximately 34 gigabytes of information and roughly 100,000 words a day. Many of our conversations take place in half sentences on social networking sites, on cell-phones, and in text messages. Are we able to digest what we see and learn?
For writers, journalists and readers faced with the 24-hour news cycle (unleashing a seemingly eternal chase for stories) there is rarely the opportunity to dig more deeply into subjects and stories. Artists and authors face a similar sped-up cycle of production that places value on the latest information, trend or book. Published today and gone tomorrow.
At Wild River Review we argue that in finding slower, more thoughtful routes to learning, creativity, dialogue, conversation and connection we can more fully absorb, taste, digest and better understand ourselves, each other and the world in which we live. This is why Wild River Review publishes relevant work, which can be viewed today, next week, or next year—stories meant to be savored and discussed.
Wild River Review proposes a marriage between the old school (with reverence for the carnality of print books, poetry and meandering conversations) and the new (high speed internet, social media such as Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn, apps for iPads and iPhones)—an oasis in the desert—and a reminder to ourselves and each other that it is possible (and vital) to slow down and reflect even as we sit down at our computers or glance at our phones.
As editors of the online magazine Wild River Review, we see the web as a beautiful and dangerous lens of human projection, a microcosm of societies and societies within societies. Despite ideological, geographical and cultural boundaries, the web also offers an unprecedented opportunity to connect and better understand one another. That opportunity and information will mean nothing without discernment.
With that in mind, through thoughtful, careful editing, our goal is to continually buck the trend against sensationalism and to resist the comfort (ultimately paralyzing) we might find in categorical answers to complicated questions.
We welcome the technological possibilities of the web, which has made our magazine possible and has brought us to readers, ideas, artists—and has encouraged conversations around the world. We have grown into a global community of those who value a rich, age-old method of relating to one another through storytelling, a weave of ideas and thinkers who might or might not have written the latest bestseller, but who make our world a more interesting place and who inspire us.
We invite others to share with us the innate curiosity of the human spirit—slowly, thoughtfully—and with ever-renewable curiosity and satisfaction.