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elise  ·  1556 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: We’ve adapted our reading habits to fit our screens, but at a cost.

Despite the attempt to distract readers with its moving images, I read the whole article.

I love the feel of a book it my hands. There really is a feeling of accomplishment as you pass the halfway mark and the book suddenly feels lighter in your hands.

Evolution of eyesight might not catch up quickly enough for all of us, so thank you technology. I'm hopeful that there will be innovations that allow readers of web-based text to read in a similar fashion to paper.

I've moved enough times that I am over lugging books between living spaces, and many of my peers have gone digital as well. For many of my generation, there is no longer the need for the classist system of "displayed books = intelligence", and I applaud that sentiment. Less is more when it comes to our living; for our families, environment, and our culture. What's the need for a 5,000 square foot home when you are comfortable with 1000?

It is time to embrace the technology, adapt, and move on.

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elise  ·  1556 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The US Army to cut 40,000 soldiers and 17,000 civilians over 2 years

Not only is it constant war, but it's a consumer war. Here in America, we are force fed this "Defend Freedom" rhetoric, while ignoring the people who live on this land who are in desperate need of some Freedom.

Americans need to free themselves from the complex that has kept us invested in conflicts across the globe. I know we see ourselves as the "global-police", but it's time to take our priorities back to our people.

I support the troops who do "defend our freedom", but I'll be fucked if going to war again means we are denied basic human rights here at home because we don't have the money.

elise  ·  1556 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Could you live without a computer or smartphone?

The problem I will always find with un-plugging, although enticing, is that I will miss the knowledge I gain. I use the internet to read, to learn, to find passion. Even if 75% of social media is unimportant gibberish; I would miss the 25% factual, insightful, and inspiring content that I do occasionally come across.

I live in a town with so much knowledge; surrounded by many people who I could never even think to compete with on one particular subject. My only hope to survive this oasis, is to fill my brain with facts, current events, and mid-bending conversation pieces, so I don't stay stuck in the fucking food service industry forever. Gotta make those connections yo.

I'm like you though, I spend too much time on the internet. My friend's eyes go glassy when I start to ramble about the interesting things I've learned from places like Reddit and Hubski.

That's when I start to question my time spent online. I'd be really good at current events trivia. Anyone from here need one of those sorts for their "Geeks Who Drink" team? Yah, I thought not...