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https://quillette.com/2020/01/04/build-y...ual-oasis/

Engineer/activist/writer decides to shut down. Interesting read. The guy realized a bunch of people are going nuts.

"Two years ago I started an experiment I would like to recommend to you. At the urging of my best friend, concerned not just about my happiness but my mental health, I went dark. Perhaps if enough people give this a try it could help pull our troubled culture out of its downward spiral.

What do I mean by going dark? I’ve enjoyed a four-decade long career as an engineer, entrepreneur, and venture capital investor working with many others to help build the digital world in which we now live. As the years passed I became more of an “activist,” devoting increasing amounts of time, money, and attention to various issues and causes impacting the body politic. For 25 years I wrote regular opinion columns for publications like Network Computing and Communications Week, back in the pre-web days, transitioning to Forbes.com, the Huffington Post, RealClear Markets, the Daily Caller, and the Foundation for Economic Education in the digital age. As my tech career began winding down I spent half a dozen years as a fellow at a Washington DC policy think tank, three as a radio show host on Bloomberg Radio where I had the pleasure of interviewing Claire Lehmann when Quillette was just a gleam in her eye, a couple of years as a roving lecturer on college campuses, all seasoned with a smattering of talking head appearances on TV. I had also been deeply engaged in social media since the phenomenon first emerged.

Then in January of 2018 I abruptly shut it all down, because my best friend was right. First I deleted my Facebook and Twitter accounts, agents of digital dysphoria that were turning me and countless others into crazy people. But I didn’t stop there. I cancelled all my newspaper and periodical subscriptions, including the Wall Street Journal, a once but no longer trusted news source I had read every morning for more than 30 years. Then I gave up writing opinion columns. I stopped listening to NPR. I deleted all the browser bookmarks I had accumulated for news and commentary sites that kept me “informed,” including inflammatory volcanoes of vituperation like Zero Hedge. Banishing the loathsome CNN/Fox two-headed beast was not an issue because I stopped watching TV back in the 1980s when Diane left Cheers. I did everything I could to decouple from the 24-hour news cycle, including relegating directly to the trash all of the “Have you seen this outrage? Pass it on!” emails that used to fill my inbox. I unsubscribed from all the echo chambers I’d come to frequent. I did all of this cold turkey over the space of a few days....

Give going dark a try. I bet it does the same for you. Live your own life, worry about your own problems, and let others worry about theirs. Find joy connecting with real friends, not angst watching hordes of digital simulacra doing St. Vitus’s dance to the tune of a dysfunctional and desperate media industry in its death throws. If you have a mind to, build your own personal intellectual oasis populated with whomever you choose. And rest assured that despite being told otherwise you will cease being part of the problem to the extent that you stop believing you must be part of every solution."
01-05-2020 10:35 AM
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For a lot of people, going dark is not an option. We're in an era where many employers check your social media history. People who don't use social media risk being labelled as Luddites.

I'm in a profession where it is easy to "go dark." But I still have a facebook account, just in case. I guess I do the next best thing: I ignore it. I don't have the facebook app, and I only check it once a month or so to keep the account active.

And of course I spend way too much time here, which is the complete opposite of "going dark."
01-13-2020 04:58 PM
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(01-13-2020 04:58 PM)Captain Bearcat Wrote:  For a lot of people, going dark is not an option. We're in an era where many employers check your social media history. People who don't use social media risk being labelled as Luddites.

I'm in a profession where it is easy to "go dark." But I still have a facebook account, just in case. I guess I do the next best thing: I ignore it. I don't have the facebook app, and I only check it once a month or so to keep the account active.

And of course I spend way too much time here, which is the complete opposite of "going dark."

I thought about being late to LinkedIn. But then I figured it was better to have no LinkedIn than have one with only a handful of connections.
01-13-2020 05:23 PM
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(01-05-2020 10:35 AM)bullet Wrote:  https://quillette.com/2020/01/04/build-y...ual-oasis/

Engineer/activist/writer decides to shut down. Interesting read. The guy realized a bunch of people are going nuts.

"Two years ago I started an experiment I would like to recommend to you. At the urging of my best friend, concerned not just about my happiness but my mental health, I went dark. Perhaps if enough people give this a try it could help pull our troubled culture out of its downward spiral.

What do I mean by going dark? I’ve enjoyed a four-decade long career as an engineer, entrepreneur, and venture capital investor working with many others to help build the digital world in which we now live. As the years passed I became more of an “activist,” devoting increasing amounts of time, money, and attention to various issues and causes impacting the body politic. For 25 years I wrote regular opinion columns for publications like Network Computing and Communications Week, back in the pre-web days, transitioning to Forbes.com, the Huffington Post, RealClear Markets, the Daily Caller, and the Foundation for Economic Education in the digital age. As my tech career began winding down I spent half a dozen years as a fellow at a Washington DC policy think tank, three as a radio show host on Bloomberg Radio where I had the pleasure of interviewing Claire Lehmann when Quillette was just a gleam in her eye, a couple of years as a roving lecturer on college campuses, all seasoned with a smattering of talking head appearances on TV. I had also been deeply engaged in social media since the phenomenon first emerged.

Then in January of 2018 I abruptly shut it all down, because my best friend was right. First I deleted my Facebook and Twitter accounts, agents of digital dysphoria that were turning me and countless others into crazy people. But I didn’t stop there. I cancelled all my newspaper and periodical subscriptions, including the Wall Street Journal, a once but no longer trusted news source I had read every morning for more than 30 years. Then I gave up writing opinion columns. I stopped listening to NPR. I deleted all the browser bookmarks I had accumulated for news and commentary sites that kept me “informed,” including inflammatory volcanoes of vituperation like Zero Hedge. Banishing the loathsome CNN/Fox two-headed beast was not an issue because I stopped watching TV back in the 1980s when Diane left Cheers. I did everything I could to decouple from the 24-hour news cycle, including relegating directly to the trash all of the “Have you seen this outrage? Pass it on!” emails that used to fill my inbox. I unsubscribed from all the echo chambers I’d come to frequent. I did all of this cold turkey over the space of a few days....

Give going dark a try. I bet it does the same for you. Live your own life, worry about your own problems, and let others worry about theirs. Find joy connecting with real friends, not angst watching hordes of digital simulacra doing St. Vitus’s dance to the tune of a dysfunctional and desperate media industry in its death throws. If you have a mind to, build your own personal intellectual oasis populated with whomever you choose. And rest assured that despite being told otherwise you will cease being part of the problem to the extent that you stop believing you must be part of every solution."

-I agree with the concept. Everything in your post is from the linked article. My response and thoughts would be based on what you are going through.
01-23-2020 03:58 PM
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(01-13-2020 05:23 PM)bullet Wrote:  
(01-13-2020 04:58 PM)Captain Bearcat Wrote:  For a lot of people, going dark is not an option. We're in an era where many employers check your social media history. People who don't use social media risk being labelled as Luddites.

I'm in a profession where it is easy to "go dark." But I still have a facebook account, just in case. I guess I do the next best thing: I ignore it. I don't have the facebook app, and I only check it once a month or so to keep the account active.

And of course I spend way too much time here, which is the complete opposite of "going dark."

I thought about being late to LinkedIn. But then I figured it was better to have no LinkedIn than have one with only a handful of connections.

I am an INTP and do not interact will with humans, It is quality not quantity. My LinkedIn account is a kleptic mix of people I worked with from a GSA in both finance and IT, personal friends,, and people I met from community gardens when I lived in DC. Do not be afraid to be yourself.
01-23-2020 04:01 PM
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(01-13-2020 04:58 PM)Captain Bearcat Wrote:  For a lot of people, going dark is not an option. We're in an era where many employers check your social media history. People who don't use social media risk being labelled as Luddites.

I'm in a profession where it is easy to "go dark." But I still have a facebook account, just in case. I guess I do the next best thing: I ignore it. I don't have the facebook app, and I only check it once a month or so to keep the account active.

And of course I spend way too much time here, which is the complete opposite of "going dark."

I am retired so I only care about what I post on social media regarding my integrity.

I love love facebook. I check it every day on my PC. Reminds me of birthdays and has enabled my to connect to family around the world. many friends and family I lost contact with years ago prior to internet.

I do understand being cautions when still employed today.

i use to spend too much time here, but left about 4 years ago. Here does not appear on social media ( that is an assumption). So is easier to speak your feelings.
01-23-2020 04:18 PM
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