Twenty20

Do we need a public campaign to ‘resist the internet?’

“Search your feelings,” Ross Douthat writes in The New York Times, “you know it to be true: You are enslaved to the internet.” Ok, I admit it. I was so distracted, I could barely finish this retort. Douthat is not wrong that for many, “your day-to-day, minute-to-minute existence is dominated by a compulsion to check email and Twitter and Facebook and Instagram with a frequency that bears no relationship to any communicative need.” Yes, we know it’s true. We’ve all complained about the six teenagers crammed into a restaurant booth texting each other, eyes down, instead of talking. We may even have texted our complaint to our own dinner partner.