Don’t agree with all of the post but the above statement stands out and I 100% agree.
I’ve been spending less and less time online, work on the farm has been far more enjoyable. Kinda like therapy! Now when I sit at the computer I can’t find much to do and wonder how I ever spent so much time online. Funny though I’m probably blogging more. Still find value in longer form writing, more for me maybe but…
I’ve little interest to idle on Twitter and Facebook holds my attention even less. I don’t even check Google Reader much anymore. With my setup on the Kindle 3 and KindleFeeder/Instapaper I catch up on most of my news/blog just before bed. Reading instead of TV. Always liked reading on the Kindle better then anywhere else and I find for those longer article I used to skim over on the computer or iPad I actually read all of and get a lot more out of them. Aside from having the Mac Mini in the basement serving out media, mostly music to all the wireless speakers and a little video to the AppleTV, I barely touch a computer at the house.
What would happen if all the time and money that is spent on the elections was put into funding for charities and research instead of the campaign. The though has been building over the last couple weeks mostly because of the coverage of the US elections that are still over 9 months away! It’s crazy how much time and money is spent on these campaigns. I think there is a ton of money spent in Canada too but it’s not the hype that I’ve seen south of the border. I recently spent some time in the states and I swear it seamed the only thing in the news is the elections! I’d like to see how a candidate would do if part of their platform was to cut spending, not fundraising, and use all the new, cheaper, tools available online and publicize the fact, dollar amount and recipients of you fundraising. I’m not saying to stop all your campaigning effort just cut back and/or substitute for other means. Send part of the money to breakfast programs in the area you need voters support, but also support programs like the One Laptop Per Child program. I’m sure there is a lot of respect to be gained in some of the communities I run in for that. The list of places that campaign money could be spend are endless. I’m no expert in the subject of politics but i find it so wasteful and I’d like to know your thoughts on how effective this might be!