A Manifesto for Slow Communication

This is a wonderful, disturbing, provocative and brilliantly written piece from the WSJ. It’s a must-read.

Not So Fast
Sending and receiving at breakneck speed can make life queasy; a manifesto for slow communication

By John Freeman

The boundlessness of the Internet always runs into the hard fact of our animal nature, our physical limits, the dimensions of our cognitive present, the overheated capac­ity of our minds. “My friend has just had his PC wired for broadband,” writes the poet Don Paterson. “I meet him in the café; he looks terrible—his face puffy and pale, his eyes bloodshot. . . . He tells me he is now detained, night and day, in downloading every album he ever owned, lost, desired, or was casually intrigued by; he has now stopped even listen­ing to them, and spends his time sleeplessly monitoring a progress bar. . . . He says it’s like all my birthdays have come at once, by which I can see he means, precisely, that he feels he is going to die.”

Read on . . . below.

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