Most if not all the things we describe as addictive are. We wouldn’t want to stop it. But it’s the same process at work. As how has the internet changed the world essay as I know there’s no word for something we like too much.
The closest is the colloquial sense of “addictive. The world is more addictive than it was 40 years ago. The next 40 years will bring us some wonderful things. I’d rather live in a world with wine than one without. These two senses are already quite far apart. That phenomenon is only going to become more pronounced. Societies eventually develop antibodies to addictive new things.
I’ve seen that happen with cigarettes. You had to for guests. As knowledge spread about the dangers of smoking, customs changed. It took a while though—on the order of 100 years. In fact, even that won’t be enough. Most people I know have problems with Internet addiction.
Internet to follow me out into the world. My latest trick is taking long hikes. I have to think without interruption. Sounds pretty eccentric, doesn’t it? Only in a limited way, without becoming a police state. And even then your restrictions would have undesirable side effects. Technology has always been accelerating.
Unless we mass produce social customs. In other words, it’s a hip flask. Robert Morris for reading drafts of this. New York Times bestseller list in 2016. This book is about the deep trends over the next 20 years that will shape your life. I suggest we embrace these changes, including ubiquitous tracking, accessible artificial intelligence, constant sharing, getting paid to watch ads, VR in your home, etc.
I’ve been told it is my most readable work yet. My current passion this year is all Asia. I am finishing up a huge, huge book of my documentary photographs of the disappearing traditions of Asia, between Turkey and Japan. I will try to get to the few remaining countries of Asia that I have not yet visited.
The still-untitled book should be published in 2018. I worked on it for 11 years! At 464 oversized pages, this huge book was fan-funded, the result of a successful Kickstarter-funded campaign. The Silver Cord contains two volumes of an epic story about angels and robots and a girl hero who must save the humans in between. The craftsmanship of the printing, including a 6-page fold out, is stunning. It has to be seen to be believed.