Alan Stokes, Offline And On Point

It was only this morning that we received on Facebook a message from a company claiming to have developed the “worlds [sic] first buoyant smartphone”, and wondering whether we, as a media outlet in an industry “based around water sports etc”, would be interested in spreading the word.

We were not.

We would much rather spread the word about Alan Stokes and Mr B’s entry into the London Surf Film Festival, the message of which can be roughly summed up as follows: put down your phone/tablet/laptop, buoyant or otherwise, venture outside into the glorious sunlight, drink in the beauty of the natural world, go for a fucken surf!

A message with which we thoroughly agree. But first maybe watch the clip in question on your device of choice, and having watched it, go and vote for it here.

“A note and plea from Mr B… ‘Aware of the irony of posting a video for the London Surf Film Festival which uses a ‘liking’ voting system, my several social media accounts, several facebook conversations between myself and Stoker to make the film, and the many positive benefits both personally and to the world, please don’t think of this as an ‘anti-social media film’. This is more of an expression of the over-use, the intense barrage of content and information seeping into areas of life which should be dealt with in the real world, and that the sea is for both myself and Stoker one of the last refuge available to escape this relentless online content and contact. With the new iWatch recently released and waterproofing technology improving yearly, my biggest worry is that this aquatic refuge could be infringed upon.

It would be unacceptable to receive a mobile call or snapchat alert in the middle of a Baptist service, a Muslim prayer, a Hindu wedding or a Catholic Mass… so please lets not allow technology to encroach on our final simple, information-free sanctuary.”


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