I’m in this course called Freedom: Philosophy, History, and Law. That in combination with my nacent experience as a liberated college kid have made me rather thoughtful. For example, I was recently informed of a website which offered a downloadable version of a program called “Freedom”.
Really now? You can download Freedom? Tell me more.
This program disables the internet.
For any specified amount of time (up to 8 hours) this “simple productivity application” blocks you from going online, and thus losing valuable time to social networking sites, blogs, porn, whatever distractions you may face when given a computer and wifi.
The program seems like a great product. I may be in need of it myself, seeing as I have three reading assignments, a Calculus packet, and an Econ quiz scheduled tomorrow and I’m very obviously on Tumblr.
But really now. Is the internet not the epitome of Freedom? Is this program, which takes away your ability to surf the world wide web at your leisure, true Freedom? Without the Freedom to waste an entire day online, being forced to turn one’s reflections inward upon one’s self and what is directly relevant to one’s life, is that Freedom? What does Freedom even mean?
I don’t know, but I’ll let you know what Bob says when I go back to his class tomorrow.
Here’s the link
Lose your chains.