Commanding the tide not to rise

posted 07 February 2005

I got really annoyed by this BBC article about one man giving up broadband because his "information habit" -- an addiction to web surfing, email, and the countless distractions of the Internet -- was ruining his life.

While developing an information habit can be a problem if uncontrolled -- I've suffered this problem myself -- cutting off your broadband connection is the wrong way of dealing with. It's like saying that cars cause traffic, so you're going back to the horse and buggy -- cars solved the problems of the horse and buggy, but have problems of their own. The trick is to go forwards, not backwards, using things like RSS aggregators and e-mail filters to stem the tide of useless information into a quiet little trickly of truly useful information.

Put more briefly, I think this guy is an idiot.