The Opt Out Weblog

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

Month: July, 2012

Natural Forces

“Had I been responding to any of the number of alerts on my phone, I’d have missed the beauty around me for the digital existence that would, and will still be there for me when I’m ready to access it again.” – Lee-Ann Bigwood

dumb phone

“The existing mobile ecosystems are either too dystopic or in turmoil for me to get involved in any of them.” – Henri Bergius

Buy In / Sell Out

“Selling out is usually more a matter of buying in. Sell out, and you’re really buying into someone else’s system of values, rules and rewards.” – Bill Watterson

Enjoy your vacation – don’t document it.

“A growing number of hotels and resorts are offering sessions with photographers to chronicle guests’ vacations. Travelers want to record memorable moments without ruining them stressing about focus and flash. They want more sophisticated shots to share on social media. And vacationers realize that an iPhone may not catch that perfect surfing or skiing triumph.” […]

Uncapping Innovation

” I believe that open access to technology breeds future innovation and that this innovation literally defines us as culture. As evidence, I believe the success of the most important innovation of our time, the open internet, is a direct result of the availability of the open-source standards such as html and open platforms like […]

Just Solve the Problem Month

“What I know to be true is that there are a number of “problems” out there that need to be solved, that need one single thing to push them from “impossible” to “solved”, or, at least, “1.0″. And that thing that it needs is a lot of human thinking. Often rote, often boring, but necessary, […]

The Good Fight

“So over the next two weeks I fought off the urge to login or participate. And when I say, ‘fought’, I mean it…When I left out the desire to share the moments we were together on Facebook or Twitter I found myself involved in it, present. I had no concern about how I would make […]

Stop Shedding

“Your email is about to be sent to several hundred thousand people, who will have to spend at least 10 seconds reading it before they can decide if it is interesting. At least two man-weeks will be spent reading your email. Many of the recipients will have to pay to download your email. Are you […]

Between You and Me

“Injecting so many menus, no matter how gracefully designed and modern, between your friends and the things you like, seems downright antisocial.” – Sam Biddle