Ackerman: let’s leave the Internet

This is very interesting.

In the wake of Snowden’s revelations we should leave the Internet and start interacting in the flesh once again. This way we get away from the panopticon and the government.

Do you notice how aggressively we are pushed to communicate by electronic means? Face-to-face and other non-electronic communication is considered bad and non-revolutionary, anti-modern. Those promoting this view may not have our best interests at heart.



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11 responses to “Ackerman: let’s leave the Internet

  1. I have been contemplating doing this, at least to the extent possible (work e-mail will continue no matter what I do). But then I would miss you and Undine, and a few other people I know only from blogging.

    • Z

      Yes, I would not stop the blogs. But I am interested in how much the university is pushing social media. Ackerman is saying get away from Internet and recreate in-person sociability, in part to fly under NSA radar and in part for activism. But, the blogs are different, I find — at least ours! 🙂

  2. We have more control over all this than we think we do.

  3. A problem is that we don’t take our internet communications seriously enough in the first place, and then we feel trapped, because we have not considered what this kind of communication means.

    But it is ours to take or leave as we please. Treat it like a part time job; that’s what I do. Don’t let it intrude into every corner of your life.

    Don’t give up on it, but keep it in its place.

  4. N G

    “But it is ours to take or leave as we please. Treat it like a part time job; that’s what I do. Don’t let it intrude into every corner of your life.

    Don’t give up on it, but keep it in its place.”

    Interesting dialogue between Hattie and Z. According to a new study by L. Mitchell et al., Hattie lives in the happiest online state in America and Z lives in the least happy online state which might account for their different opinions.

    “Hawaii emerges as the happiest state due to an abundance of relatively happy words such as ‘beach’ and food-related terms. A similar result showing greater happiness and a relative abundance of food-related words in tweets made by users who regularly travel large distances (as would be the case for many of the tweets emanating from Hawaii) has been reported in. Louisiana is revealed as the saddest state, with a significant factor being an abundance of profanity relative to the other states.”


    We conduct a detailed investigation of correlations between real-time expressions of individuals made across the United States and a wide range of emotional, geographic, demographic, and health characteristics. We do so by combining (1) a massive, geo-tagged data set comprising over 80 million words generated in 2011 on the social network service Twitter and (2) annually-surveyed characteristics of all 50 states and close to 400 urban populations. Among many results, we generate taxonomies of states and cities based on their similarities in word use; estimate the happiness levels of states and cities; correlate highly-resolved demographic characteristics with happiness levels; and connect word choice and message length with urban characteristics such as education levels and obesity rates. Our results show how social media may potentially be used to estimate real-time levels and changes in population-scale measures such as obesity rates.

    • Z

      Very interesting. Do you see how the West is consistently happier? I rest my case… it is a better zone to live in!

  5. The west is the best, as I have always known. I spent my time in exile, too. One thing that makes Hawaii happier is that it is the least racist state in the nation. And the least ageist, too. Sexist…well, pretty sexist, but a lot of women ignore that. Oh, and we don’t have that unforgiving attitude toward the poor and unlucky.

    Yes, we are happier, because we are not so mean.

    • Z

      Yes, that really does help, and I really do think meanness causes unhappiness. Unhappiness as an excuse for meanness just does not cut it for me.

      Back to Internet for a second: Ackerman is talking about retreating from it because of surveillance and manipulation, not because of “spending too much time online” and so on.

  6. N G

    It’s interesting that there is a negative correlation between the degree of social mobility as measured by the probability of moving from the lowest quintile to the highest and the degree of internet connectivity so maybe there is an advantage in face to face interaction. Compare these two maps of America.

    Social Mobility:

    Degree of Connectivity:

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