In Praise of Boredom

I found myself re-reading this wonderful essay by Evgeny Morozov in the New Yorker, called Only Disconnect:Two Cheers for Boredom.  It’s wide ranging, exploring our state of “permanent receptivity” due to connectivity (smartphones, etc.)   This quote, below, about how constant, permanent receptivity to the newest thing, newest update, newest gadget to buy .. how this receptivity robs us of the ability to distinguish between the new and the same old, same old.  We are apparently bored without even recognizing it, but it’s the low grade variety of boredom we now experience, not the productive kind, where kids would spend summers just looking at clouds in the sky.  The Circlers are people from the new Dave Eggers novel.  The quote I like is the part that starts “One reason …



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