Saturday, October 15, 2011

Television Has Replaced Going Outside

When you want to know what the weather is going to be like tomorrow, you turn on the tele, or tune online to your favorite weather site or app. You know what we used to do before television and radio?

Before meteorology was a widespread science? People would actually spend time outside. By spending time outside people would indeliberately build catalogs in their head of the feel of a certain weather condition, and what it meant later.

Of course, you would have to spend more time outside than just thirty seconds walking to the car, or ten minutes waiting for the bus stop like we do now. People would harvest, shepherd, play, and create in outside spaces. By spending this much time outside, we were closer to the weather patterns. And with the fabled reputation of the weatherman, it seems to me we were better off predicting the weather with our bodies.

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