I was on a train yesterday morning so missed the debate on the BBC's Today programme regarding a new report written for the National Trust by Stephen Moss. His fellow Guardian writer Aleks Krotoski had criticised the report the same day, and so Today brought them together to debate the topic. I knew nothing about this until this morning when I saw a tweet from Matt Edgar referring the programme to my work on geeks going camping. In truth, I found myself agreeing with both of them.
I empathise with Aleks' irritation at what she seemed to see as the same old same old technophobia, and I agree when she writes
It is absolutely natural that the uncertainty that surrounds the behavioural transformations of our evolving relationship with screen-based media is confusing and fear-inducing. As with anything new, we are in a period of furious social scrutiny as we re-negotiate the boundaries of our relationship with the machine.
Her main complaint in this case is that the research behind Moss's report is not scientific enough. Although I've read some of Louv's writings I don't know enough about his work to agree or disagree on that.