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Leaving The Internet (I’m Not But Paul Miller Is And That Is Neat)

Paul Miller at The Verge is leaving the internet for a year (at least that is his goal at the start; he mentions that he might not make it, but I suspect he will). I’m fascinated with some of the reasons he’s taking this step and I’ve been thinking a lot about it today. My reactions to it fall into two categories: 1) what I find fascinating about Paul’s journey in particular and 2) my personal reaction to this idea (i.e. Could this work for me? What would I be searching for in taking the challenge? What would I find rewarding? Challenging? Would it be worth it?). 

The part of his piece that I think I find most fascinating was this excerpt:

I’m also interested in a sans-internet reality as a technology writer. There was a time when technological innovation didn’t seem intimately linked to the internet. Most pre-80s sci-fi, for instance, explored those futures. Now I’d like to examine what modern technology looks like in a TCP/IP vacuum. Is the internet truly the oxygen of our electronics, or just an important piece?

When I first heard the idea, I suspected that there was some bit of self-improvement involved and the desire to step back and gain perspective on what about the internet was particularly valuable and hardest to live without. What I didn’t suspect was this bit about innovation without the internet or, rather, using the internet as a crutch for technological advancement. I think this is going to be the most interesting aspect of Paul’s experiment (and the whole thing is going to be really interesting, so this is saying something) and I’m fascinated with his conclusions here.

As for my personal reaction to this experiment, the short reaction is that I’m still not really sure. I don’t think this is feasible for me given the need for me to be in constant contact with my team members at work, many of whom are remote. Work constraints aside, it becomes much more feasible to tackle, but I’m not sure that I’d have the conviction to follow-through with it. I’m interested in many of Paul’s goals: separating the important stuff on the internet from the noise, becoming better connected with the people I care about through “real” interactions, becoming a more efficient and comprehensive person. That said, I’m just not sure I’m interested enough in those things to take this leap. Maybe I should be, but the thought of conducting business over the phone makes me shudder and the thought of not having access to MLB.tv and NHL GameCenter is downright terrifying. 

While I may not be ready to take the full “cold turkey” step that Paul is taking (and I couldn’t sneak it past Jimmy Bank and Trei), his experiment is making me evaluate how I spend my time on the internet. I can definitely strive to be a more efficient internet user, both in work and play and I can definitely be more discerning in how I spend my non-working hours (time I’m basically not required to be on the internet). I’m not sure yet if any of these thoughts will turn into any changes, but I am certainly anxious to think about this stuff more critically and see if there are areas to improve. 

I salute Paul for taking this step and I look forward to following his journey.

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dangerguerrero:

suicideblonde:

Alison Brie out in LA, March 15th
That dude behind her = THE INTERNET AS A WHOLE

<3 u so much, iced coffee bro

dangerguerrero:

suicideblonde:

Alison Brie out in LA, March 15th

That dude behind her = THE INTERNET AS A WHOLE

<3 u so much, iced coffee bro