Note to Self – Staying sane in a digital age

In a world that is going increasingly digital, there are some important questions that need to be asked:
How does technology affect our daily lives?
Is it a more adverse set of effects than benefits? If so, how do we maintain our sanity?
And how do we make sure we are not becoming a generation of mindless automatons?

Note to Self is a mostly optimistic, yet sometimes dark podcast hosted by Manoush Zomorodi. The way we use technology matters, but the way technology is built also matters. The podcast aims to explore the effects of technology on our lives, and how we can use it to our advantage. There is a line we need to draw to preserve our human nature in the digital age, and this podcast wants to bring some light to that.

Digital products and services thrive on attention from users – a phenomenon called attention economy. We get a constant stream of notifications and updates in our daily interactions. The podcast frequently focuses on how these fleeting moments of distraction have become all-important and have replaced interpersonal relationships.

The possibility of being able to clone someone’s entire personality via their digital footprint and data (Look into the future with Black Mirror) is not just intriguing, but also scary. If your Google searches and uploaded images could tell you what colour your phone was and how many SIM cards you have, along with the usual information, you should probably start to get more careful and thoughtful (Your Metadata is Showing). Snapchat streaks are built to primarily hook users, and the episode (Will you do a Snapchat Streak with me?) is well crafted.

Note to Self zips through a wide variety of topics, including social media, your phone, metadata, and the effects of the digital world on your brain. Zomorodi actively involves herself in her material, which makes it more relatable to the listeners.

The production value is good, but we would have liked longer and more in-depth episodes. It feels like the show scratched the surface and then moved onto the next subject, which is a shame since it had the potential to be so much more. Note to Self is out of production but you can listen to the archive. Listen

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