Posts Tagged ‘Internet’

The Current Age

June 1, 2019

One of the central figures in my book, “Street Song,” is a man I call Ed. He was twice my age, a serious student of reality, and he kept me grounded when I was having my toughest times on the street. I remember one day in the summer of 1976 when he came looking for me, wanting to see how I was doing and told me something that made a big impact. He said the next big thing in human history was going to be computers. He didn’t actually say it, but the implication was that computers were going to be the next big distraction to keep us from taking a clear look inside ourselves. It sounded ominous, and I think what he told me has been borne out.


Calling Me Back

March 21, 2013

I start every morning by turning on the computer and checking email, reading the news, sometimes doing a little bit of research regarding something that came up while I was writing. Occasionally, I will rent a movie and watch it at night. But I’ve come to despise computers and the Internet. I’m convinced that staring at a computer is bad for me. I know that my vision is more shallow since I started using them (not eyesight, but vision). This morning I was giving myself a little talking-to about how I need to stop using the damn thing. Stop reading the news for starters. I don’t need to know the details of how ugly the world is getting. It’s never harmed me in the past to get away from the daily assault of news stories.  I wasn’t thinking “every now and then,”  “a day or two,” or even a week. I was thinking months. I need months away from it to get healed.

Immediately after my little talking-to, and just prior to getting down to work on Street Song, I checked email. Only one came through, a blast from Tammy Baldwin, the new senator from Wisconsin, whose campaign I’d given money to. The subject line read “Hibernation=not an option.” I’m not sure I agree, but it was a pretty strong coincidence. Sometimes I steer by them; sometimes I don’t.