Monday, January 04, 2010
I like this quote.
From a Terry Gilliam interview.
But actually that’s one thing that I’m fighting for so much now. Because of Facebook and Twitter and all this crap, people don’t have time to be alone and confront themselves and who they really are. It’s the thing that really worries me the most about the modern world. People just seem to be extensions of a social order now. We have a house in Italy with no telephone or television. My son would be there, and he was used to playing his video games and blah, blah, blah, and he’d go there and get bored. My wife would say, “Well, we have to do something to keep him entertained,” and I’d say, “No, let him get bored and you’ll see what happens.” After about two days of boredom and saying “There’s fuck all to do here,” he started inventing things. He was creating a really interesting world, because he was involved in creating it. He wasn’t just having it created for him. I think so much of what we do is now done for us. It’s digested, it’s handed to you. I like video games but I also think they’re dangerous because of how much time and energy they consume. It’s not the same as reading a book.
Posted by Jeremy Bernstein