Getting offline? There’s an app for that…

(NOTE: full site still under development)

The browser-based app Freedom promises to, at your behest,

lock you away from the internet on Mac or Windows computers for up to eight hours at a time. Freedom frees you from distractions, allowing you time to write, analyze, code, or create.

And why not? We rely on our machines to manage our calendars, our contacts, our social lives.  Why not hand over the keys so it can also assume responsibility for our time management? This rather eloquent article in Slate waxes about the myth of freedom writ large.

It may seem like designating our browser to make sure we walk away from our browser is a little nuts.  Why can’t we just walk away and find that time to write, analyze, code, or create without someone or something telling us to?

Two points jump at out me about this. One, I’ve never been one to subscribe to “the internet is addictive” position, which always seems to come out of the mouths of well-meaning if repressive regimes. But clearly there’s something going on here with this human-computer interaction.  And two… oh, dear, I forgot #2. But it was something about the nature of distraction, the accessibility of bite-sized nuggets of entertainment and delight that can help us power through an otherwise dreary day.