Paul Miller of The Verge is leaving the Internet for a year. That’s the plan, anyway. He’s turning Wi-Fi off, using thumb drives for file transfers, and carrying a crappy old Nokia around so he texts less. I could go on, but it’s best that you see the aforelinked post and the great embedded video, […]
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The Verge’s Paul Miller is Planning to Stay Offline for a Year

Paul Miller of The Verge is leaving the Internet for a year. That’s the plan, anyway. He’s turning Wi-Fi off, using thumb drives for file transfers, and carrying a crappy old Nokia around so he texts less. I could go on, but it’s best that you see the aforelinked post and the great embedded video, narrated by Paul, with thoughts on how he’ll fare on his Great Offline Adventure.

It’s an interesting idea, but a year seems like a terribly long time to digitally tie your hands behind your back. It’s also simply far too long to go without app updates! Everything is so connected now that Paul will very likely find himself questioning what he can and cannot do: Can he watch a video someone else downloaded or must he use a DVD? It seems like it will simply add more friction to life, not reduce it.

Well, good luck, Paul. I’ll be watching you from all of my web-capable devices. Oh, and you can probably remove Safari from your iPhone dock now – it’s going to be completely useless.

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