Well, what started out as simply desire to use my old Nokia RAZR to limit the influence of social media, tracking and all the invasive aspects of the internet has become one of privacy and reducing the influence of the internet in my life.
As I mentioned previously, I wasn’t really enjoying the internet anymore. This sounds like a silly thing to say and it is mostly my fault because I was visiting the same websites, doing the same social media and everything felt stagnant. Also, within the past couple months I’ve learned how little control over my data I actually have; this was underlined by Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance before congress. And so I dug into this a little more and learned that Facebook is bad, but Google is much worse.
It is 8:02 AM on Saturday, April 14th. Today is the start of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown. I always enjoy this and tell myself every year that I’d like to get a little more involved and spend more time there. My favorites are the people dressed up in cosplay, the dancing, the Cherry Blossom court, and especially the karate demonstrations. And speaking of karate demonstrations last year was the first time I actually participated (2017 Cherry Blossom karate post).
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I’m excited about the internet again, but this time in limiting its invasive aspects instead of adding new.
Privacy and the amount of information companies such as Facebook and Google have on their users has been brought to the forefront with the Cambridge Analytica debacle. This has been a catalyst for me to reevaluate how I use the internet and where I want to go from here.
It is Easter Sunday 2018 @ 5:23 PM.
Yesterday I did the kids and adults karate classes and made it through just fine. Hyphen (sp?) gave me a nice back kick to the gut and although it didn’t knock the wind out of me like Yoshi’s a few weeks ago it did knock me back. I made it through the classes just fine even though I had taken a couple of weeks off.