5 thoughts on “John Oliver on Donald Trump

  1. I don’t think I’ve seen a clearer sign that you avoid social media than this. Oliver’s Trump bit has been all over my Facebook since it came out. Mind you, I think this is just one of the ways in which you are more virtuous than me, or at least better off. I’d rather be the last to know about John Oliver than waste as much time on Facebook as I continually do.

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    • My life does seem to be stuck somewhere in the year 2002 (which seems awfully recent to me). I spend about zero time on social media (unless the blog counts: doesn’t it?). I have a Facebook account, but I have 0 FB friends, and only use the account if I need to access something exclusively on FB, which is rare. I’m even less connected to the rest of social media. I know there’s a difference between Tinder and Tumblr, but it’s kind of like the difference between Zambia and Namibia. I’d be embarrassed to confuse them in public, but I could also find the grace to forgive myself if I did. Twitter is about as interesting to me as soap scum, possibly less (since I actually have to deal with soap scum). I don’t own a TV set, I don’t have Netflix, and I still use a flip phone.

      I may have mentioned this before, but between August 2013 and July 2014, I had no Internet access at home. It was mildly inconvenient, but I didn’t really miss it all that much. The problem was, not having access jeopardized my employment (Internet access is an implicit condition of employment), so I gave in. I still listen to CDs and audio cassettes, not to Spotify, an iPod, or vinyl.

      I guess I just find the modern world hugely over-rated. But it’s also just scheduling. My schedule gives me very little down time. My brother sent me that John Oliver thing when it came out, but it just took awhile to get to it. A friend (and colleague) of mine in the same situation says she’s solved a lot of the problem by heavy reliance on Fabreze, which (evidently) saves time on doing the laundry. And she smells fine, but the approach is a little too new-fangled for me.

      So am I atavistic? Better off? I don’t know. You’d have to believe in moral luck to call it virtuous. And moral luck–there’s another worthless modern invention for ya.

      OK, I’m off to kindle a fire and make breakfast. And no, I’ve never used a Kindle, either.

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  2. I was going to say that the Greeks — well, some (the best) of them — believed in moral luck, but then I remembered that the whole dispute between you and me about that topic revolves around the term “moral,” and I think the Greeks did just fine without any such term or any equivalent category. Morality — now there’s a useless modern (er, late medieval?) invention.

    I typically find the the productivity and pleasure of my days is inversely proportional to the amount of time I spend on the Internet. Though I suppose it depends on just how I spend it. I’m unwilling to give up Facebook for what I think are good reasons, but if it isn’t your only way to maintain some sort of superficial contact with people that would otherwise fall out of your life entirely — and who you don’t want to fall out of your life entirely — then you’re not missing anything in the least.

    As for Tinder, Tumblr, Toaster, Torture, or whatever, just remember that tinder is potentially hot and that will help you distinguish it as the sex hook-up dating site from Tumblr, the I-don’t-really-know-what site (deliberately superficial blogs?).

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