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Cold Turkey in Paradise: Twelve Days Off the Internet at Maho Bay [Kindle Edition]

Len Edgerly
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Book Description

A consideration of my active Internet life, from the perspective of total abstinence from the net for 12 days at Maho Bay Camps on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. In which I change the course of my life, slightly.

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  • File Size: 31 KB
  • Print Length: 15 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Len Edgerly (June 25, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001BOJSN4
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5.0 out of 5 stars Len Edgerly Does Indeed Go Cold Turkey November 23, 2008
Len Edgerly's "Cold Turkey in Paradise: Twelve Days Off the Internet at Maho Bay" is a reflection on addictions, coral polyps, Tech Sabbath, and the People's Republic of Web 2.0. I first learned of Len's essay about getting off the dope we call the internet when he read it aloud under a tent to an audience in Boulder, Colorado, not from a manuscript but from his Kindle. I blogged about the event as the the first "author reading" from a Kindle and, you know, it just may have been. But it wasn't until Len formatted the essay for the Kindle and put it up on Amazon for a buck that I could read it, annotate it, and reflect on it myself.

The depth of Len's relections on the mock "cold turkey" that he undergoes without his computer and a connection in the Bahamas belies a more serious subtext of experience with the issue. And yet it is in the trivial urges ("I worried that my checking account was getting low, so I had a legitimate excuse to go online") and his barely effectual stabs at calming and controlling them ("Check email three times a day, at 10, 2, and 4," sensible advice he'd extracted from a Dr. Pepper ad) that we grasp the tenor of Edgerly's mind. It's good habits that Edgerly pursues to form the basis of a temperate life; habits, he tells us, have staying power in a world of temptation. ("Once established, they don't require discipline. They contain within them their own continuation.")

Happily, Edgerly does succumb to some garden variety temptation in a tent with the girl of his dreams, and, blessedly, doesn't beat himself up about the lapse. But the siren song of the internet twittering in the breeze? Well, he has his good days and his bad days. He's reduced to "tedious negotiations with reality." He feels anxious.
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