I can’t believe I need to defend the internet! But the current zeitgeist is full of rants against addiction and raves about digital detoxes. Here, instead, is an unabashed plea for more connectivity. Because the internet is amazing!
I thought it was obvious that modernity was awesome. Reliably clean water, efficient plumbing, ample electricity and good cellular coverage, not to mention temperature-controlled homes and abundant healthy food – all of this makes the 21st century very habitable. If our drinking water becomes toxic (as is the current case in deteriorating American cities), if our sewage system fails, if our power grid blacks out or if cell coverage drops, we have a right to be disappointed – these are small cracks in our society. It’s not that we are “addicted” to our modern amenities, or that we couldn’t survive in a forest if necessary. It’s just that we have successfully developed a high quality of life over the years, which we are comfortably accustomed to. Is this a bad thing? No! It’s wonderful.