I was offline for a few days. It was awesome! I did some stuff with the family, did a bit of traveling, took some time off from work, and in general had a grand old time.
I also realized a few things:
- The world goes on whether you pay attention to it or not. And that’s fine! It’s better to pay attention to your own corner of it.
- The desire to use the Internet is directly proportional to my level of boredom. When I’m not bored, I don’t feel the need to use the Internet. Amazing how that works.
- “Fear Of Missing Out” is dumb, because the stuff you’re afraid of missing out on is dumb. None of that stuff matters. Be with your family!
- The Internet is a tool. I’m using the Internet to create, to connect, and to promote stuff. There’s a lot of interesting reading and listening material on it, but the rabbit holes are deep and ultimately a waste of time that could be spent doing something else.
- Everybody is on their phones. Everybody! I was in a large city recently and I can’t tell you how many times some hunchback smart-phone watcher nearly barreled in to me. And everyone’s wearing headphones even though their outside–some watching videos while crossing busy streets and stuff. You can’t put your damn phone away for the fifteen minutes it might take you to walk uptown? Also, you look stupid hunched over your phone while you’re walking.
- Fashion sucks. Young men and women look completely idiotic with this bizarre return to an 80s aesthetic mixed with a space-alien’s sense of what looks good. Really, our fashion industry is run by morons.
- Haircuts suck too. People have the worst hair I’ve ever seen in my life. I blame the Internet for popularizing just truly awful fashion.
- The world would go on just fine without the Internet, smartphones, social media, and so on. Like I said in a recent post on a similar topic, we’d be fine. We might be better off, really, Sure, you wouldn’t be able to have that restaurant literally down the street from you deliver your food right into your gaping maw, but oh well. It might actually force you to get up and get some fresh air, maybe even get that heart of yours a-pumpin’.
And with that, see you next time.
For an example of what I use the Internet for, check out my book A Traitor to Dreams. It deals with mythology, sword-fighting, and technology–a winning combination!
In Search of Sacha, a crowdfunding campaign for my friend Manuel Guzman‘s fully painted hardcover storybook, is nearly half-funded! Manuel did the cover for my forthcoming book, and is a very talented artist. I edited the story and I know you’ll enjoy it. Contribute here and make In Search of Sacha a reality!
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