Kanye West recently returned to Twitter and tweeted this:
Michael Sacasas made a similar suggestion in 2013:
Don’t wake up with the Internet. Have breakfast, walk the dog, read a book, whatever … do something before getting online. Think of it as a way of preparing – physically, mentally, emotional, morally, etc. – for all that follows.
This is advice I must keep in mind.
Kanye, in his own way, like many artists, is a moral theologist and philosopher of technology.
“I sit down to write, praying that I can sustain attention long enough to complete a paragraph. I compose half a sentence, type in a word or two that might push the thing to the finish, crave a break from the exhausting demands of syntax, click-click, and I’m at my home page, and I click my way to my e-mail. Maybe the editor says yes or there’s an invitation from someone to contribute or lecture or just some person who loves my book and is writing to say so or maybe a friend asking for lunch, anything to tweak my ego, desperate-needy, or give me something to think about other than the next phrase or clause, and as usual, nothing, not one goddamn thing. ‘Is my college’s server down?’ I wonder; ‘it’s been thirty minutes since I’ve gotten an email, for fuck’s sake; surely the silence shouldn’t be so long,’ and I soar, cursor-wise, up to bookmarks, go to sportsillustrated.com, must get the latest on LeBron James, same info as last time, ten minutes ago, and so click to Facebook, no message or friend request, so check out what George from my high school is doing, oh, having a second cup of coffee, and now there’s Valerie from the neighborhood posting another article on the mistreatment of otters (I just checked my e-mail right now, this minute, tenth time in the past five minutes), and I’ve got to get back to the writing, but one more—click-click—over the New York Times page.”
—Eric G. Wilson, Keep It Fake: Inventing an Authentic Life
Colored woodcut, “An illustration of writing brushes.” (Kokushi Daijiten, 1868) via NYPL Wire.
Photograph by Terry Stevenson to accompany a George Nelson article about writing instruments (PDF) in the April 1973 issue of Harper’s.
Yesterday morning, Google formally announced their cloud storage service Google Drive.
Yesterday evening, Merlin Mann quipped: