Lately I am more prone to shutting the fuck up. I don’t know if it’s me or the internet that’s changed since then. Probably a little of both. I definitely feel less of a desire to stay hyperconnected to culture as I age, but social media has also taken a palpable nosedive over the last few years that has rendered it nearly unusable.
These are people desperate to be heard but with nothing to say. Who would want such a fate? It reminds me of that line from the first scene of No Country for Old Men. “A man would have to put his soul at hazard. He’d have to say, ‘Okay. I’ll be part of this world.’”
If you spend too much time getting lost in it, it all feels very important. But when you take even the smallest step back, out of this online prison of our own making, you realize none of it actually matters.