What if you could turn off the internet?
Tech writer Paul Miller did that for a whole year. This is what he found. Safe to say, his findings about the forces of dependency, internal and external, are not what you’d think. How is Online Paul Miller different from Offline Paul Miller? Does that different matter? As he puts it, “there’s a lot of ‘reality’ in the virtual, and a lot of ‘virtual’ in our reality.”
The experiment’s resulting short feature, “Finding Paul Miller,” is an introspective tale of the human desire for connection, the metaphysical need for purpose. Stunner: it has little to do with technology.
This is worth every one of its 17 minutes, and especially salient given the topic of the next issue of Block Club. More on that later, though. Until then, let’s give Miller the floor.