Freedom from distraction may in fact be the new, sought after bourgeois luxury. In… “The Joy of Quiet,” Pico Iyer says that the future of travel lies in “black hole resorts” where you pay exorbitant amounts for remote beautiful rooms that are offline. The principle is that freedom from the Internet is so rare and exotic and impossible that it is becoming a commodity: It’s not iPhones or iPads we have to worry about buying, but peace from them. Freedom, then, is a poor man’s fabulous hotel room on a cliff on a beach without wireless.


fimoculous: Recognize her? I know you do. She is who you see when you accidentally mis-type a letter in a url and you get that domain-squatted page. She might be the most viewed person on the internet who no one knows.

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The Five Billionth Device Will Plug Into the Internet Any Day Now

The Five Billionth Device Will Plug Into the Internet Any Day Now


The Internet is no topic like cellphones or videogame platforms or artificial intelligence; it’s a topic like education. It’s that big. Therefore beware: to become a teacher, master some topic you can teach; don’t go to Education School and master nothing. To work on the Internet, master some part of the Internet: engineering, software, computer science, communication theory; economics or business; literature or design. Don’t go to Internet School and master nothing. There are brilliant, admirable people at Internet institutes. But if these institutes have the same effect on the Internet that education schools have had on education, they will be a disaster.

David Gelernter, Edge #313