Digital Reveries of a Solitary Walker
This podcast series was produced for my English 462 class, Professional and Technical Writing: Podcasting. But the class was more of an excuse to make this podcast, not the reason. For most of my adult life I've been obsessed with the figure of the solitary walker. Ever since humans became upright, we've been walking. Often, we've walked alone, in search of God or meaning. We walk through cities for our commutes to work, through forests and fields for pleasure. But in the last 20 years, with the advent of mobile computing, the figure of the solitary walker has fundamentally changed. Now most of us move through our world with our phone as our constant companion. How does technology change our experience of these spaces? How does it affect our experience of walking through these spaces?. In Digital Reveries of a Solitary Walker, I explore these questions and whether it is even possible to wander anymore.
Episode 1: The Wander Society
You probably haven't heard about this society because its members don't want to be known. But you may have already seen them in your towns and cities, perusing the streets, circling in the parks, scavenging in the alleys. If you approach any of them, they will not reveal their identity to you, or readily admit they are a member of the group, so they can conduct their research as quietly as possible.
In this episode of Digital Reveries of a Solitary Walker, I discover a member of this secretive group, my close friend Mike, and we both find we are haunted by a person we never met.
Episode 2: On Flying and Perching
How do we get our ideas? Do the dusty shelves of libraries and the fluorescent lights of offices provide the best environments for thinking, or does walking? I speak with a musician and an academic about their walking and thinking practices.