My Response to Gary Turk’s “Look Up” Video

The latest in viral videos is a poetic response to the irritating and anti-social world that we’ve created through our constant use of technology.

“Look Up” by Gary Turk comments on how society’s obsession with being connected to others via social media actually results in us being more alone than ever. Personally, I completely agree with what he is saying. With our heads constantly down looking at a screen, we’re missing out on amazing things that are going on around us. This has stuck out like a sore thumb to me on two occasions recently:

1) I took the GO Train into Toronto with my dad a few weeks ago during rush hour in the morning and I couldn’t help but notice that EVERY SINGLE PERSON was looking at a smartphone or tablet, my dad and myself included. No one was speaking and the train was completely crammed with people. It was totally surreal to me, yet in that moment there was nothing I wanted to do while I sat on that train other than look through my own iPhone.

2) Last night I went to see The 1975 at the Kool Haus in Toronto. The instant they came on about half of the audience put their phones up in the air to take a picture. Don’t get me wrong, it’s totally acceptable to take pictures, but holding your phone up during an entire show is not only irritating to those around you but it totally takes away from the live music environment. It’s always been a pet peeve of mine when concert-goers don’t immerse themselves in the moment and instead spend their time recording it.

With all of this said, I love my iPhone and I love documenting my experiences to remember later. I guess my argument is that there’s a difference between documenting memories and having the entire memory saved for later.

Anyway, Turk’s video is extremely powerful so it doesn’t surprise me that it has been so widely shared. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch for yourself!