Type: Article
Title: Digital detox tourism: Practices of analogization
Authors: Stäheli, Urs
Stoltenberg, Luise 
Issue Date: 2024
Keywords: Analogization; digital detox; digital dualism; dis/connection; disconnectivity; nostalgia; tourism; unplugged traveling
Technological disconnectivity has turned into a tourist attraction in its own right: digital detox tourism celebrates temporary disconnection as a means for experiencing an “authentic” world. With pervasive digital media and a strong impetus to being available 24/7, this tourism has to answer not only the question of what has to be done to become disconnected, but also it has to highlight the pleasures disconnection may afford. Drawing on two case studies—a discourse analysis of self-organized unplugged travel writing and an ethnography of the detox event Camp Grounded—we argue that digital detox tourism relies heavily on staging and performing a distinction between the analog and the digital. The article introduces the notion “analogization” to capture practices, media, and infrastructure which support the creation and the blurring of this distinction. Thus, we argue that analogization, in contrast to digitalization, emphasizes that there is no “analog” per se.
Subject Class (DDC): 300: Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie
HCU-Faculty: Projektentwicklung und Projektmanagement in der Stadtplanung 
Journal or Series Name: New Media & Society 
Volume: 26
Issue: 2
Start page: 1056
End page: 1073
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 1461-4448
Publisher DOI: 10.1177/14614448211072808
URN (Citation Link): urn:nbn:de:gbv:1373-repos-10792
Directlink: https://repos.hcu-hamburg.de/handle/hcu/850
Language: English
Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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