My last post was the triumphant deletion of my Twitter account. Turns out it was rather timely for numerous political reasons. Alex over at Amatopia, was one of the loudest voices that set me on the path away from that toxic mess, and in his post Join the Exodus! he outlines a lot of political and social reasons to quit the psychic vampire of social media.
Oddly enough the final decision towards deletion, and severe re-adjustment of my social media was my daily walk to work listening to Lord of the Rings. The scene outside the entrance to Moria, the one with the evil dark pool filled with tentacles, reminded me of a podcast I listened to a while back on The Art of Manliness. This guy John Zeratsky was talking about his book about making time and described this concept of infinity pools.
What are Infinity Pools?
Infinity Pools are always-on, effectively infinite sources of information and entertainment.
Twitter is the ultimate infinity pool, but unlike some that can be beneficial, Twitter is a toxic soup of bitter hags, simpletons, and hucksters. But, it’s an addicting toxic sludge and one that kills productivity and happiness. I’ve caught myself numerous times getting irritated over some imbecilic post because I was on Twitter while eating breakfast.
Of course the big fear is that without it I won’t sell any of my stories, the ones I never write because I spend my writing time being angry on social media. Here is the deal. I’m going to write, then I’m going to advertise. Too many writers advertise nothing but their political views and opinions on pop culture.
So I’m done. I’m going to become selectively Digitally Amish. I will continue to build my house here, and if you want to be my neighbor I will welcome you gladly. But I’m done standing on hills made of shit shouting nonsense at the world.