My lulls in social media use and posting to my blog come down to two things: aversion and fracturing.
First, I’ve built up quite an aversion to social media. Have you? The sad fact is that we live in an increasingly uncivil society, and the trend line only shows that the vulgarity and hostility fueled by political correctness is getting worse. That’s not constructive for getting anything done.
The second issue is that extensive internet use — and social media in particular — is disruptive to the process of deep thinking. Constant mental gear shifting has a fracturing effect on the mind. You can read about this phenomenon in Nicholas Carr’s excellent book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. I’ve been trying to avoid the constant browsing that the internet and social media require, because so much of what I am trying to explore in my writing requires a very deep focus.
Our age is distracting enough, especially with the growing attacks on civil discourse. The recent rioting intended to shut down speech at UC Berkeley and NYU have shown beyond a doubt that we’re in a bad way in that department. So it’s more important than ever to nurture one’s ability to think clearly and deeply. And independently. Then we should try to spread that habit to others so that they and all of society can flourish in an atmosphere of civility.
I thank all who sent me messages through the contact form. I very much appreciate your thoughts and support. If I missed getting back to you about a question you had, I regret that. (Correspondence has become a bit more unwieldy too.)
Going forward, I hope to intensify my efforts on the subject of propaganda awareness. Propaganda — along with its latter day spawn, political correctness — is anathema to independent thinking, which means it is hostile to human conversation and friendship.
In the future I hope to post regularly at least twice a month. Please subscribe if you’re interested!