Daily Quest #5

In The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We’re All Going To Miss Almost Everything, the author says “culling is the choosing you do for yourself” and “surrender, on the other hand, is the realization that you do not have time for everything.” She argues that society is “far more interested in culling than in surrender.” Is this due to the shift of easy, assessable digital media? For example, the Netflix and Hulu and other medias like them?

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  1. This is a fascinating question. Count it. Holmes does add right after that part that “you can eliminate a lot of discernment” when you cull, i.e., you don’t have to think as much when you just lop off whole chunks of things based on some criteria you establish beforehand. This happens with things like job applications (“no Bachelor’s degree? denied”) and college admissions (“GPA below 1000? denied”).

    But as to whether the need to do that lopping is being driven by easy-to-use tools like Netflix that bring us what seems like an endless stream of new material, that’s a more interesting question, since it suggests that if our tools for *searching* available materials were *worse* we might actually find it easier to live with all this stuff. It’d be a database equivalent of “ignorance is bliss.” 🙂

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