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It’s hard, now, to be with someone else wholly, uninterruptedly, and it’s hard to be truly alone. The fine art of doing nothing in particular, also known as thinking, or musing, or introspection, or simply moments of being, was part of what happened when you walked from here to there alone, or stared out the train window, or contemplated the road, but the new technologies have flooded those open spaces. Space for free thought is routinely regarded as a void, and filled up with sounds and distractions.

Rebecca Solnit · Diary: In the Day of the Postman · LRB 29 August 2013

AAAAAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

/DIES

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I feel you on this Mike. On the other hand there’s something to be said for entertaining ones self when bored instead of relying on “distractions”. When I spend time in my studio I try to cultivate the space this writer is referring to…a place where I entertain myself, where my procrastination can be harnessed. Sure, she’s making technology the whipping boy…but it might be useful to think about cultivating these spaces for free thought outside of the internet  and outside of computational networks too.

I know it may feel like stubbing your toe when reading this (if not hyperbolic death) , but there are useful ideas here too. Have you read Barthes essay on Boredom? It’s my favorite essay of his.

 
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