The internet is a serious place now-a-days. I only fored myself to stay away for a week -- yes, a little unannouned internet sabbatical -- and I feel like I've missed a lot. I also feel better.
Things have been said, pictures have been taken, videos hae been uploaded, and is the world a better place? Not really.
I guess the point of the internet sabbatical is that you realize that your life doesn't really change much wihtout reading those words or seeing those pictures.
And you know, a sabbatical is 7 days. Like sabbath. Rest. It's a good thing. Seven is a signifcant number. I mean, biblically, and in non-Abrahamic faiths too I think.
Anyways, the information economy is actually pretty good at getting us to buy into information. Even if we don't really buy it, we certainly spend a lot of time consuming it, and time is money right? But the internet mainly fools us into thinking that there's a lot of information that weneed to be satisfied.
Keyboard tangent: something seems to have lodged itself undermy spacebar making this sortof difficult to type at the moment.
The Wikipedia article on Internet addiction disorder describes seeral (great, it's under the "v" now) sites that ". . . occupy users for hours trying to satisfy a non specific lack of information."
You know, come to think of it, that's sort of poorly worded. Shouldn't it be more like "occupy users
for hours trying to satisfy a non-specific lack of information for hours"? I think I'll go ahead and make that chane.
Change (it's under the "g" now).
Now what does this mean? I'm not just consuming the internet. I'm trying to actively contribute to it? This is sort of the point of Sinden.org (and that silly Wikipedia contribution you just witnessed).
Does the internet have a real purpose in our development and ongoing education or is it illusor? I mean, illusory (it's crept up to the "y" now).
Do I really have any business doing this, or would my time be better spent completely outside the ether?
If it weren't for some encouraging mail I've received from some of Sinden.org's great readers, I might side with a more dramatic solution.
But my optimistic Anglicanism assures me that a more middle way is in order.
What does the internet have to do with church music? And can I really spend too much time worrying about this, or should I just keep practicing?
Well, one thing's for sure. I can't keep up with everything. I'm trying to slim down on my internet diet and just take in a little less, and do it a little less frequently.
Aha, here's something that just emerged from my 7 key.
It looks like my sanity.
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