Media to Survive?
Thursday, 5 December 2013
If I were to be dumped on a deserted island with five items of my choosing, I probably wouldn’t last very long.
WordPress’s Daily Prompt just asked us what we’d bring to a deserted island if we could only pick 5 things, and these were the first that came to mind:
- A device that runs on clean energy and has internet access. D’oh. Seriously addicted. My life is nothing without the internet and I didn’t even realize it until recently, when there was a power out on a night when I’d planned to browse, surf, do all sorts of things.I got cranky. The kind of crankiness people get when they’ve stopped smoking. Bad, right? It’s not even social media because I’m a little allergic to social media. It’s instant gratification. Want information? Look it up. Want to see a movie or a show that’s not broadcast in my country? Why pay for it? Look it up. Want to share a photo? Email it, or blog it. The internet is a time saver, a machine that spits answers as soon as you’ve asked a question. I’m nothing without the internet. My mind would explode from all the unanswered questions. On a deserted island I’d probably write them in the sand in the hopes of an airplane coming over and dropping me the answers on a piece of paper folded around a rock. On the bright side, the internet would make it possible for me to get in touch with people in the civilized world, and I would be able to get help. So, the internet access would save me in more ways than one. It gets worse from here:
- My photo camera. (Of course it has to be rechargeable via the device that gives me internet access.) What do you think of when you think of deserted islands? Right: blue water, white beaches, palm trees, rocks, cliffs, wildlife, fruit, and so on. Would it not be madness to not capture all that beauty? I’ll die of starvation but at least I’ll leave mankind some stunning pictures.
- A ginormous stack of writing paper. Yes, I’ll have internet access but that doesn’t mean I’ll do all my writing online. Sometimes I just have to jot ideas down on paper. Who knows, maybe on a deserted island I’ll finally write that novel. Which brings me to the next item:
- A pen. A pen! It’s an item in its own right and I can’t cheat, right?
- A collection of all George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones books. For inspiration. A Song of Ice and Fire is probably too big to bind into one book, but I’m the one being dumped on a deserted island, so the person who’s dumping me there better make it happen. I might have chosen a wine bottle (with cork) for messages to the civilized world, or a walking stick, or a backpack, or a machete, but what am I without my books?
I guess the conclusion we can draw from this is that I am utterly media-addicted. I’m a storyteller in search of an audience, I’m an audience for other storytellers. Information (a certain kind, anyway) is my first priority. Food, clothing, housing, survival? Pah, who needs it? So I guess we can also conclude I would not survive if I got lost in the jungle. ‘Ooh, an angry, growling tiger. I’m sure the flash won’t set him off.’
But I’ve been watching Expedition Robinson for a couple of seasons now, and that show is something to remember when someone threatens to dump you on a deserted island. Rationally speaking, I know what you need to survive on a deserted island. I think. If I were to think rational about this, I’d probably bring:
- A device that runs on clean energy and has internet access. What? I’d use it to get help. And to survive the boredom in the meanwhile.
- Rope or string. It’s good for a lot of things: building a hut, making fire, fishing, keeping things together.
- A multi-purpose knife.
- Flint, obviously.
- Cloth. To carry food, dress myself, cover myself at night.
I suspect these items would help me survive until my rescue. This guy could probably teach me a thing or two though:
What 5 items would you take with you to a deserted island?