Am I imagining this? It seems like the internet brought with it a new pressure: to be productive and to always work on “improving” ourselves. I suspect it’s a peculiarly American urge, and it was carried along in advertising before the internet ever materialised, but now it’s every-damn-where.
For example: I’ve just read one more in a long line of articles over the years saying that watching TV is just empty consumption requiring nothing of our minds except to sit in front of the screen and absorb.
Well, so? What’s wrong with mindless consumption? Is the problem supposed to be with the “mindless” or the “consumption”? What’s behind the idea that we’ve always got to be doing something productive?