Has it begun?
James Sturm, the cartoonist, can’t take it anymore, “it” being the Internet:
Over the last several years, the Internet has evolved from being a distraction to something that feels more sinister. Even when I am away from the computer I am aware that I AM AWAY FROM MY COMPUTER and am scheming about how to GET BACK ON THE COMPUTER. I’ve tried various strategies to limit my time online: leaving my laptop at my studio when I go home, leaving it at home when I go to my studio, a Saturday moratorium on usage. But nothing has worked for long. More and more hours of my life evaporate in front of YouTube … Essential online communication has given way to hours of compulsive e-mail checking and Web surfing. The Internet has made me a slave to my vanity: I monitor the Amazon ranking of my books on an hourly basis, and I’m constantly searching for comments and discussions about my work.
He’s not quite ready to divorce the web. But he’s decided on a four-month trial separation. Like Edan Lepucki, he’s having someone visit his online accounts and change all his passwords, just to be safe.
I know there’s no going back to the pre-Internet days, but I just want to move forward a little more slowly.
Disconnection is the new counterculture.
UPDATE: There’s an amusing exchange in the comments to Sturm’s article at Slate: