Avoiding the Digitalia

There is a growing cynicism among former computer geeks about the effect of ubiquitous technology on our lives. Tech lifestyle guru Patrick Rhone’s experiments to minimize the use of technology in his own life have almost become the stuff of legend in this community. In the latest issue of his newsletter, he urges his readers to take a break from the internet April 1st.

In fact, the silliness has already started showing up in my inbox today — a day early. Probably because April Fools falls on a weekend this year. If it’s not worth a company or organization or blog paying some marketing minions extra time working on a Saturday to spam you with some “light” “humor” to “engage” you with their “brand”, then why is it worth your time?

I did not disconnect from the internet today, but, to my knowledge, I didn’t read anything that was just an April Fool’s joke. Maybe Rhone was onto something with his theory.