“And that perhaps is why I find the idea of a home on the Internet comforting: it is a never-ending break from tradition. To make a home online is to quiet yearnings by succumbing to them entirely. To succumb in this way is to be swept up in a zeroth culture where change constitutes a more fundamental layer of reality than tradition and constancy.”
– Venkatesh Rao, from the article “Life with a View” on Ribbonfarm.com
I had a fantasy of what my life would be like if I quit Facebook. I imagined how much happier, how much calmer, how much more focused I would be. I would give people better attention, I would finally sit down to write, and I would finally feel more connected to it all – a feeling I’ve only grasped in small bursts of moments scattered throughout my life. But what I noticed when I went on my week long Facebook hiatus was quite different. I realized that Facebook was not the cause of my restlessness. It was just a really ineffective tool for curing it.