The other day I was 27 sites deep, trying to find information about a specific place in England. After spending what seemed like hours (it wasn’t but I was getting frustrated) following all sorts of arcane and confusing links, I had to give up, thoroughly annoyed at the universe. The net is no place for a rational person, not that I’ve never actually considered myself rational,but you know what I mean.
In the media of late there have been far too many stories of rage; specifically road rage. This affliction used to be called mad-as-hell-at-that-idiot-driver-from-Miami-up-ahead syndrome but road rage sounds so much cooler. Now, of course, everyone has picked it up and pretty soon we’ll see “Road Ragers – Next Ellen!” That is if History Channel doesn’t beat her to it and create a new TV series based on it (Ice Road Ragers anyone?).
Rage from being stuck in traffic, as bad as it may be, is one thing, but there is something much worse. Much, much worse. It’s called Info Rage. Spending too much time, and then becoming frustrated, on the information superhighway brings about this vile anger (see first paragraph). And a horrible rage it is – I’ve seen grown men reduced to tears, I’ve seen grown women physically pick up a computer and crash it to the floor.
I believe we need to set up a department at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta to see what can be done to aid those walking around with this blind anger. For the small cost of just a few billion dollars we ought to be able to come up with something resembling a cure. I volunteer to head the organization. Well, not volunteer, of course, but my salary wouldn’t be all that high, seeing what psychiatrists get to help people live with the rage and all.
In fact, I’m pretty sure there is a cure for Info Rage. The problem is, the cure is not cheap and people don’t seem to want to spend the money on something that’s good for them. But that’s another blog entirely. The cure is simply this: Run! No, I don’t mean jog; I mean run as in run away.
Jump in the car and head for the nearest airport and get on a plane (after spending a good part of your life-expectancy in various lines of course). The destination doesn’t really matter, but a place that’s balmy and warm would be good.
While you’re there be sure to swim, eat well, and cut back from using any electronic devices. This includes computers, tablets, cell phones, etc. Please note that this does not include cardiac pacemakers. Note that I said cut back rather than avoid. Limiting your usage to 15 or 16 hours a day should be about right. Let’s not get crazy here.
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