Posts tagged internet

Untangling Untangling the Web by Aleks Krotoski

Untangling the Web is a timely and detailed account of how the internet is changing us, and what we can do about it. The book makes very good points about the different identities we have online, and also about the way things are changing as the anonymity of the early days of the web gets eroded, and past identities become harder to erase. It’s great on the privacy implications of the web, how much people share online and how much other information can easily be discovered. And there’s also a good… Read More

What we did before Google

Whatever did we do before the internet? How did we manage before Google? I’m hearing these questions more often these days, usually after someone’s discovered some snippet of astonishing information in just a few seconds. The questions are rhetorical  of course, but it occurs to me that one day people might really want to know. I’m conscious of being a member of the last generation to remember life before the internet, so I want to explain what it was like. How did we manage without Google at our fingertips? The short answer:… Read More

I’m not that important

In my recent month-long break from the internet, I learned a few things. It’s easy to let constant connectivity delude you into thinking that you really need to be in touch with the world all the time. After all, new emails come in every hour, new tweets and blog comments pile up, all demanding a response. But what I learned in taking a break from it all was that I’m really not that important. When I came back to check my email for the first time in a month, of… Read More

I’m back!

Just got back from my trip around the Caribbean and my month away from the internet. It was a wonderful break, and I feel so much better now. I don’t even know where to begin telling you all about the things we did and the people we met and the places we saw. It would be a very long post, and right now that seems intimidating. So to get me back into the swing of things, I’m writing this very short post instead. As I get back into the habit… Read More

No internet. No phone. One month.

OK, I’m off! Bags are packed, tickets printed, taxi is booked for four thirty tomorrow morning, and several alarms have been set. I’ve got some great guest posts lined up to run during the next few weeks, but you’ll hear nothing from me until the middle of July. I thought about taking my laptop, or going to internet cafes, and then decided just to have a complete break. No phone, no internet for a month. It’s a nice prospect. Let me be clear: I love writing this blog, and chatting… Read More