The Opt Out Weblog

The Blog for Garrick van Buren's 'Opt-Out: The Survival Guide for This Modern Age' Book

Month: March, 2012


“Reading productivity posts in itself is a highly unproductive exercise. Our time probably would have been better spent by looking at cats on Reddit instead.” – Jason Kim

“We want to put the users of social network services back in control of their data. We want You to be able to choose which people see your data. We want to be independent from centralized infrastructures. We want a social swarm.”


“But you know what’s easy to find outside Google Play or Apple’s iTunes? Anything you want.” – Violet Blue

“After gazing intently at my own life for a few minutes, I snapped out of it. Just like I thought at the beginning, I mused. * is just a pretty mirror to gaze into narcissistically.” – Jon Mitchell * I removed the name to make a larger point – garrick.


“…many people find the biggest surprise in leaving Facebook is how little leaving affected them. Like them, I found leaving a non-issue.” – Joshua Spodek

“people == distraction”

“…sometimes you need few days without anyone else to get things done before deadlines. Working remotely off of 12”-13” laptop can give you a boost that you don’t expect…” – Peter Legierski

Paying for Freedom

“I would pay for a service that never sells a single piece of my life. For a service that cares about my emotions and not ad impressions. For a service that is committed to putting me first and not the advertiser. For a service that emphasizes and never blurs the sanctity of my privacy. For […]

Advertising Eats Batteries

“Up to 75 per cent of the energy used by free versions of Android apps is spent serving up ads or tracking and uploading user data” – Jacob Aron, NewSeientist

All We’d Have Do is Say ‘Stop’

Webstock ’12: Matt Haughey – Lessons for a 40 year old hat tip patrick rhone

Dead Tree

“Print will survive. Books will survive even longer. It’s print as a marker of prestige that’s dying.” – Tim Carmody