My cry (an unusual one for a photographer, I'll admit) is often 'put down your cameras, turn off your screens and step out into the world'.
This is because I'm a luddite and a technophobe, and I have a traditionalists respect for the value of fresh air.
Sometimes the internet provides things which bursts my pessimism apart at the scenes. Inspirational messages and instances that renew my hope.
Here are some of my highlights of 2011:
Charlie Chaplin celebrates humanity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8C-qIgbP9o&feature=share
UC Davis students demonstrate the wisdom of crowds. This video starts bleak, but as it goes on it gets better and better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmJmmnMkuEM
Alberto Cairo talks of his experience with the Red Cross in Afghanistan. Take 20 minutes to hear his story:
Iain McGilchrist encourages us to think about how our minds interact with the world: http://comment.rsablogs.org.uk/videos/
Charlie Todd's project Improv Everywhere does loads of good stuff, but my favourite the high five escalator:
These aren't the only inspirational videos on the internet. Please add your own suggestions & links on the comments page.
Thank you to Karen for sharing this one with me. An awesome video entitled one dude with the right attitude can get the party started: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxpDTzeUM8A&sns=fb
These just keep on coming. See Organise for Occupation shutting down foreclosure auctions in the US with song (yes you read that right, with song) here: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-rachel-maddow-show/46260580#46260580
A 9 year old boy makes his own cardboard arcade: http://vimeo.com/40000072
Some heartwarming cctv footage: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=465460630172533