So this week for my birthday, my wife took me out camping with our kiddo to get away from it all.
You know what the best thing about being out somewhere with no cell-service this past week was?
No Facebook. No Twitter. No Reddit. No teeming-masses of idiots having arbitrary bullshit arguments with each other (of which I am guilty myself) about politics, no constant barrage of bad news, no outrage-machinery pumping everything up into a heightened state of fervor and terror, with imagined sleights and self-important snowflakes turning everything into all-out feelings-based war.
If I didn't use it as a way to keep in touch with my family and friends, I'd be > < close to nuking my Facebook account right about now. It was awesome. A total breath of fresh air. All of the congealed stress just oozed away.
Internet idiocy has taken over our lives. Every asshole has an opinion. (Even me). And they're nearly all worthless.
In the words of a friend since passed:
"Where do the cool kids go? They go outside!"
Time to go outside.
We're going to start turning off our internet-connected devices at least twice a week. Videogames? Fine. Movies/TV shows? Fine. The intertubes? Screw it. It's not worth it.
Simon Cooke is an occasional video game developer, ex-freelance journalist, screenwriter, film-maker, musician, and software engineer in Seattle, WA.
The views posted on this blog are his and his alone, and have no relation to anything he's working on, his employer, or anything else and are not an official statement of any kind by them (and barely even one by him most of the time).