Writing Wednesdays: Internet backlash

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Much of what I see online is, frankly, rubbish.

Even when I just want to read some news, I’m bombarded by ads and random information. And don’t get me started on my Facebook news feed. Just catching up with family and friends requires me to sift through heaps of nonsense videos, quotes and memes (and more ads) just to get to what I’m looking for.

Recently I had an internet backlash. I felt saturated with the meaningless stuff I was exposed to every day and craved something real, something intellectual and time-proven.

I went back to the classics in literature. Suddenly I had an interest in ancient Greek philosophy, Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s experience in the gulag. And I have to admit, I do feel better and more balanced reading works like these. Now it’s just a matter of finding time to read them! Of course the answer is: spending less time looking at drivel online…

How do you balance your media exposure and limit the types of things you don’t care to see online?

6 thoughts on “Writing Wednesdays: Internet backlash

  1. in September I went away for several days. I had,to get up very early and felt a bit rushed. Turns out that I forgot both my cell phone and my IPad ! I had to borrow a phone to check in with home, but it was actually good to be a bit a bit unplugged.

    Since then I have greatly reduced the amount of time that I spend online and with social media and I find that I am managing to “do” so much more with the time!

    Social networking and the web are wonderful things and I would not want to not have them, but , like all things, they are best when used in moderation- at least that’s best for me. YMMV!

  2. Hi Laurie

    The answer is so simple. I do not use Facebook or Twitter … or any other so-called social media sites.

    My business card has an email address that is unique to it so that I know which messages emanate from there.

    The problem you outline is surely like buying a Ferrari and then complaining that your car is too fast!

    There is no compulsion to sign up for these juvenile sites. Here in Britain, even the kids are tiring of them.

    Thanks for your blog.

    • Colin you have a very good point. Unfortunately with friends and family scattered all over the world, the only way to keep in touch with most people is via FB. I wish there was something better.

  3. Laurie, I get what you mean and one way I’ve tried to temper the drivel is on Facebook you can make lists – family, writers, co-workers – whatever and however you decide to name them. Then you add people or sites to those lists – they’ll appear on the left hand side. This limits my time on FB because it eliminates scrolling through the Newsfeed and lets me see posts from particular people. I also find turning off all electronics by 9pm works really well, leaves more time for the classics 🙂

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