I have just completed reading a series of articles by James Strum
regarding his 4 month experiment to stop using the internet. I must confess that this idea has occured to me many times. But I could never see the point. I mean, we are here now. I can't undo the internet at this point. I like the internet. Or parts of it anyway. Strum's articles are interesting, and I am enjoying them however. The best one so far is the fourth entry
"In my previous column, I quoted a letter from a reader that said, "I wish I had my old life back." For those who grew up with the Internet, there is no "old life." Had I come of age with the Internet, would it have had the same destabilizing effect on me? People who grew up with the Web surely have a less destructive relationship with it. For them, the Web is like a body part they were born with, whereas for me it feels like a recently transplanted organ my body is rejecting. "Digital natives" would probably laugh at my trials and think my concerns about Internet abuse is misguided, like Victorian notions about masturbation. The Web isn't eroding empathy or making us dumber. They'd tell me that so far no one has reported having to shave his palms from too much texting.
But the letters I've been receiving from college students and those just entering the work force make me realize it's not just me or my generation that is having trouble with the Web. These digital natives feel just as crazed and desperate as I did and wish their jobs or studies allowed them to be disconnected more often."
The other thing I find really interesting is the nature of discourse regarding his latest entry
, in which he describes the death of some pet rabbits. The man is lambasted for being insensitive and irresponsible. I imagine that when he wrote the column he felt he was being just the opposite. The anonymity of the internet does many things for people. I guess making you perfect and therefore able to criticize everyone else is one I had not thought of before. But the whole thing is fascinating.
Interesting to compare this approach to these articles
on the application Freedom
. It is fascinating how necessary this seems. Hmmm.