Tuesday, October 05, 2010
A beautiful afternoon on the Union Terrace: Where Is everybody?
It wasn't exactly deserted, but I was surprised there weren't more people on the Union Terrace yesterday, a gorgeous autumn afternoon. I remember when the only time you could get photographs of the brightly colored sunburst chairs and tables without people was on a cold, overcast or rainy day. Not so yesterday.
Where is everybody? Have they bought their own chairs to enjoy in their backyards and patios? Or are we all spending so much time online and in the virtual world that being outdoors in the real world, sitting on the Terrace and gazing out at Lake Mendota, has lost its appeal? Has basking in the sun's carcinogenic rays come to be seen as too dangerous? Or has its glare become just too distracting for people tethered to mobile devices, making it too hard to Tweet or update their Facebook status? Will the future of humanity be found in the shadows? Just wondering.