"The concepts of the “offline world” and the “wilderness” function as vessels into which we pour our frustrations with contemporary life: They are defined by what they don’t contain, rather than what they do."

@hugh boy do I wish this piece came with footnotes - a lot of claims are being made here

@hugh I kept waiting for the author to talk about terra nullius and colonist fantasies of unspoiled land but she never did - it's a blindingly white British piece

@alissa not named as such but that was certainly there:

"In these romanticized accounts of “nature,” Indigenous peoples were neatly figured as part of the fauna; which meant that the lands on which they lived could conveniently be called “uninhabited.” (Ana Cecilia Alvarez writes for Real Life: “It never occurred to the first white settlers who came to Yosemite and exclaimed that it had the pristine beauty of a European garden that it in fact was a garden.”)"

@hugh hm, I guess. it just seemed like one of several throwaway lines at the start in her haste to get to her real point - using Macfarlane's writing on Scotland to make this case seemed quite inward-focused, it's not like there's a shortage of former British colonies

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