Journalist Robert Kingett
accepts a dare: one that
at first seems simple… to adapt to his blindness without the Internet.
account is a cozy diary of battling with an FM radio, hooking up a
phone and the journey of adapting to a brand new way of living from
has never disconnected from the World Wide Web.
Off the Grid...
immediately go still, my brain unable to process what he has just said.
A month without using the Internet? A month without Email, Spotify,
Pandora, news, Twitter and online conversations? A month without
sending any work in except, well… I don’t even know how to send in my
work without the Internet.
“A month?” I squeak, my fingers gripping the fry
harder than intended. I’m so stunned that I don’t even fight back as
Marcus gently takes his fry and pops it into his mouth, chewing as he
nods. He’s lucky I can see him at the moment.
“I NEED the Internet. Literally!” I say, wondering why there can
be so many ordinary park sounds around me and this conversation.
“I know you do, Robbie.” he says, putting a hand
mine that’s resting on the table. “That will be the fun of it, the
challenge of it. Don’t use the Internet for a whole month, and write
about it. Keep a live diary of your journal entries and even write down
what you see, hear, and experience. Do a running cometary of life
without the Internet. Write it all down.”
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