Nicholas Carr comments on Clay Shirky? My idea of interesting

Want to know how I cure my boredom?  I go online and look for these two guys.  And speaking of all those things, I noticed that Nicholas Carr has responded to something Clay Shirky said about boredom and the Internet.  Well, ain’t that a coincidence!

Carr replies to Shirky like so:

“Being bored is a kind of diagnostic for the gap between what you might be interested in and your current environment”: that’s well put. We don’t like being bored because boredom is the absence of engaging stimulus, but boredom is valuable because it requires us to fill that absence out of our own resources, which is process of discovery, of doors opening. The pain of boredom is a spur to action, but because it’s pain we’re happy to avoid it. Gadgetry means never having to feel that pain, or that spur. The web expands to fill all boredom. That’s dangerous for everyone, but particularly so for kids, who, without boredom’s spur, may never discover what in themselves or in their surroundings is most deeply engaging to them.

Perpetual boredom is an unattractive state. So is perpetual nonboredom.

The web does expand to fill all boredom, so if you’re bored (and let’s face it, you are) then slow down and watch Nicholas Carr share some more of his insights in this interview.


Remember how I said the Internet was doomed?



On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers over the Internet. Dozens of countries, including Russia and China, are pushing hard to reach this goal by year’s end. As Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said last June, his goal and that of his allies is to establish “international control over the Internet” through the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a treaty-based organization under U.N. auspices.

Guardians of the Net, take up your spears!  The Wall Street Journal has sounded the alarm, and this time it ain’t some American Intellectual Property bill.  The Communists are coming!

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