[EAS]Internet Evaders

pjk pjk at design.eng.yale.edu
Thu Apr 24 02:17:03 EDT 2003

Subject:   Internet Evaders

(from NewsScan Daily, 17 April 2003)

A study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project has found that
42 %  of American adults are not connected to the Internet, even
though two out of three of those people have relatives or close
friends who do. In addition, the study's authors label as "Net
Evaders" 20% of the nonusers who live in Internet-connected homes
where other relatives go online. And then there's a category of
"Net Dropouts" to characterize the 17% of nonusers who tried the
Net and didn't like it. The director of the Pew  project says of the
Net Dropouts: "Some grew disillusioned with the online  world. They
decided it was just a time swamp, or they never found what they 
wanted." [They have our full sympathies. If the poor wretches never
found  NewsScan, who can blame them for jumping ship?] (New York
Times 17 Apr 2003)

Internet "evaders" -- my foot. In a world of fast pace and
techno-determinism, the most radical act of all might be this: to
slow down and to try, in each moment, to be fully present in your
surroundings -- especially outdoors. --PJK

"Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you are not lost.
Wherever you are is called Here...
Stand still. The forest knows where you are.
You must let it find you."

    Native American poem translated by David Wagoner
    (quoted in David Whyte's book "The Heart Aroused: Poetry and
     the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America", and other 
     soul-endangering places.)

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