Q1 : How can you promote face-to-face conversation while simultaneously using social media as one of your mechanisms to spread the word? Isn't this a contradiction?
My attempt to disseminate a message about the importance of face-to-face conversation through the faceless medium of the Internet seems counterproductive. In truth, as Sherry Turkle notes, it is a paradox. However, I need to take advantage of the Internet as a tool through which I can encourage people to leave their screens and just talk.
The Internet is an amazing source of information, so I want to ensure that I utilize this resource as a way to share my journey with others. My hope is that this website serves as a launch pad; encouraging viewers to go out and engage in conversation with people. In short, my online presence is focused on promoting a healthy balance between technological communication and human interaction.
Q2: How do you define or quantify your success?
Success happens daily. Although the journey ends when I arrive at the Pacific Ocean, I believe I can appreciate and share the completion of my goal in every conversation. This trip is about the stops along the way, the spaces in between, the people that I meet. Success begins on Day 1 when I see a stranger and start to talk. What I want is simple. I want to interact with other people.
In addition, I am planning on speaking with local communities and schools along the way. When analyzing the output of my journey, I consider my interactions with these specific communities indispensable.
Finally, I am collecting, compiling and sharing stories from people I meet along the way. I hope this creatse an example of what face-to-face conversations are capable of. A portrait of America that celebrates the very medium that made it possible.