Slow internet… makes for different thinking

I am sitting in a hotel with a horrible internet connection. Not only is it costly, but it is also slow and the connection seems to fall out every 2 minutes. This makes me think about how used we are to having fast and reliable connections these days. It is not that many years ago since I was connecting through a dial-up modem, which would probably have made my current connection seem like a dream.

I don’t mind being without an internet connection, this just primes me for doing other activities. But I notice that having a poor and unreliable connection is frustrating since it interrupts my work-flow. It makes me think about how both my private and professional life is so reliant on having internet access all the time. I choose to think about this as a good lesson on how I should be more careful about not taking connectivity for granted.

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Alexander Refsum Jensenius is a music researcher and research musician living in Oslo, Norway.