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Is the Internet part of The Matrix - a trap that feeds on our nervous and mental energy while imprisoning us?

 
None the wiser
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Is the Internet part of The Matrix - a trap that feeds on our nervous and mental energy while imprisoning us?
Before the Net, I never owned a TV or radio, nor did I buy MSM newspapers. I just read books borrowed from my local library.

I knew less, but felt wiser and much happier.

I'm now thinking of cancelling my ISP subscription and returning to the old ways. Does that strike a chord with anyone?
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07/26/2010 05:18 PM
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Re: Is the Internet part of The Matrix - a trap that feeds on our nervous and mental energy while imprisoning us?
Before the Net, I never owned a TV or radio, nor did I buy MSM newspapers. I just read books borrowed from my local library.

I knew less, but felt wiser and much happier.

I'm now thinking of cancelling my ISP subscription and returning to the old ways. Does that strike a chord with anyone?
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No, because now I like things really really fast and am spoiled.

I will glean more from wiki's on books and movies than actually seeing them.

I have become an information addict, but I like it that way.

I would feel like I was drowning in quicksand without the internet.
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07/26/2010 05:19 PM
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Re: Is the Internet part of The Matrix - a trap that feeds on our nervous and mental energy while imprisoning us?
My attention span is definately shorter, I doubt I could get thru a book now. A chapter is a challenge.
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Re: Is the Internet part of The Matrix - a trap that feeds on our nervous and mental energy while imprisoning us?
There is no matrix. That is a movie.
The unknown effects of constant bombardment of electromagnetic radiation are more what I'm concerned with.
Brian Moran

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07/26/2010 05:23 PM
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Re: Is the Internet part of The Matrix - a trap that feeds on our nervous and mental energy while imprisoning us?
Keep in mind the Internet is people. People posting, making vids, communicating in some for or another.

People.

If you can't handle the massive information overload of the billions of voices of individuals coming at you from all sides 24/7 then perhaps a return to moderation is indeed in order.

"News Fasting" isn't a new concept.

Read something from a book on it once I'll go dig it up.

Can't find the book and don't have alot of time, if I remember to look again I'll edit this post.

But here's a sample from a webpage that talks about news fasting, the same rules can be applied to the internet pretty much;

News is predominantly negative. Which headline gets your attention: “Another blissful day” or “Murderous rampage on the subway”? In order to keep you plugged in, news has to shock you out of your complacency. In practice that means it usually has to scare or worry you. News’ primary marketing method is fear.

News is addictive. If you’re a daily news junkie, try giving it up for 30 days, and you’ll see what I mean. Even when I just planned to quickly scan the headlines, I’d often get sucked into reading sensationalized articles that provided no real value.

News is myopic. News provides the illusion of completeness, but in truth its coverage is ridiculously narrow. There are many fascinating happenings in the world that never make the news. After getting your daily update on current events, you think you know what’s going on in the world. But with billions of people on this planet, you’re sorely mistaken. You don’t have a clue.

News is marketing. Think this; don’t think that. Fear this; worry about that. Yes, yes, we’re all gonna die. Make me feel afraid, so then I’ll buy the sponsors’ products to feel better. Global warming won’t seem so bad when I’m driving my new car and popping my anti-depressants. Pump me full of fear; then sell me the cure.

News is shallow. Complex topics are reduced to sound bites and simplistic platitudes. Even the “in-depth” stories are unbelievably shallow. Skip the news and read books instead.
News is untrustworthy. Start looking for the political and corporate agendas behind the stories, and you’ll see them oozing out of every nook and cranny.

News is thought conditioning. Here’s how to think, so you’ll fit in like a good little human.

News is trivia. What passes for important is actually far from it. How much of today’s news will you remember next year? Can you even remember last month’s news? Your brain discards the news because it’s trivial; what you internalize is the fear-based conditioning.

News is redundant. Most news stories are repetitive, redundant, and say the same things twice. Very few stories are actually fresh and new. News should really be called “olds.”

News is irrelevant. How many news stories are relevant to you personally? Virtually none.

News isn’t actionable. How many news stories are actionable for you right now? Less than none.

News is problem-obsessed. The news loves to report problems. It will tell you all the things that are wrong in gory detail. How many of those problems have you actually solved? Which ones are you hard at work solving right now? The news conditions you to worry about problems but not to actually solve them. That’s because you’re encouraged to worry about unsolvable problems and then buy the sponsors’ products to assuage your fears. Drop the news for a while, and you’ll find you naturally spend more time solving problems than worrying about them.

News is a waste of time. Try to quantify your real gain from news consumption compared to other activities, and you’ll see just how worthless it really is. 10 minutes of news checking per day = 61 hours per year. Over a 50-year period, that’s huge. If you consume 30 minutes of daily news, it’s 183 hours per year – about 23 eight-hour days. That’s a full working month out of every year. Yikes! Was your last year of news consumption worth that much to you? How about a month long vacation instead?

from [link to www.stevepavlina.com] less than 50%
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07/26/2010 05:25 PM
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Re: Is the Internet part of The Matrix - a trap that feeds on our nervous and mental energy while imprisoning us?
This was the subject on coast to coast last night.
I was thinking of going without the net for a week.
Haha you can see how that went.
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07/26/2010 05:28 PM
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Re: Is the Internet part of The Matrix - a trap that feeds on our nervous and mental energy while imprisoning us?
My attention span is definately shorter, I doubt I could get thru a book now. A chapter is a challenge.
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I can identify with that. I used to be able to sit down and totally lose myself in a book. But the Net has truly screwed my concentration - reading the same paragraph over and over until I put the book down and go online.
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07/26/2010 05:29 PM
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Re: Is the Internet part of The Matrix - a trap that feeds on our nervous and mental energy while imprisoning us?
Before the Net, I never owned a TV or radio, nor did I buy MSM newspapers. I just read books borrowed from my local library.

I knew less, but felt wiser and much happier.

I'm now thinking of cancelling my ISP subscription and returning to the old ways. Does that strike a chord with anyone?
 Quoting: None the wiser 1049457


You just fed it more by creating this post. Shame on you! Disconnect your ISP immediately to be free.
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07/26/2010 05:33 PM
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Re: Is the Internet part of The Matrix - a trap that feeds on our nervous and mental energy while imprisoning us?
Thank you, Brian Moran. I'm really grateful for your post and the link. That just about says it all!
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07/26/2010 05:45 PM
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Re: Is the Internet part of The Matrix - a trap that feeds on our nervous and mental energy while imprisoning us?
Before the Net, I never owned a TV or radio, nor did I buy MSM newspapers. I just read books borrowed from my local library.

I knew less, but felt wiser and much happier.

I'm now thinking of cancelling my ISP subscription and returning to the old ways. Does that strike a chord with anyone?


You just fed it more by creating this post. Shame on you! Disconnect your ISP immediately to be free.
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I'll do that.

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