Depth Over Breadth
Every time my birthday comes around, I experiment with a new limitation. I’ve found myself placing a priority of breadth over depth. My interests are often too wide for my own good. I’ve written about how this leads to a lack of focus. I’m pursuing the idea of further narrowing my interests to better serve me. Being well-aware that I am creating my own personal bubble with this experiment, I am still curious about what it will result in.
I am enacting block filters on top of block filters to fortify my experience on the internet. I am using the terminal command
sudo nano /etc/hosts
to get a lot of this done and the menubar app Focus to handle it even further. I am unsubscribing from all newsletters and feed in an attempt to apply the “HELL YEAH! or no” philosophy to what I actually consume. This is an attempt to eliminate the mindless browsing that I find myself doing nearly all the time when I am in front of a computer.
This is going to be a year of saying to myself: “That looks interesting, but no.” For recreational entertainment, I am narrowing down my interests to the following:
Reading is vital to me, so I am allowing myself a little more variety than other mediums. I have noticed my difficulty with finishing books lately. This is due to either a reduction in my attention span or an underlying change in my interests (either too wide or too specific, hard to tell).
Some of the writers I follow are still coming to me as feeds and I am ok with that, for now. I am considering reading only physical books or temporarily removing e-books and opting instead for what I can find at my library. Something about return dates, may actually encourage more in-depth reading.
I have considered this and made a blanket rule of no sequels and no remakes. Beyond that, I was unsure of how to approach this category. Actors? Directors? Genres? Documentaries? No movies?
Undecided on this still. Leaning toward only watching nature documentaries.
TV | 5
I am intent on only watching new episodes of the following shows. Nothing political or topical. No more John Oliver, the Daily Show or Colbert.
- Gilmore Girls
- Halt and Catch Fire
- Silicon Valley
- Stranger Things
Podcasts | 5
This would probably be my biggest form of media distraction. I am looking to limit my consumption to 5 podcasts regardless of how often they update. I am completely addicted to podcasts and I would rather not be.
Music | 20
I was that person who was happy with “leasing” my music from a service like Spotify. Well aside from it not providing all of the music I really wanted, it just became another catalog to browse endlessly on. I’ve set this list as the music I listen to for the year.
- Big Country
- The Field
- Genesis/Peter Gabriel/Phil Collins
- The Icicle Works
- James Blackshaw
- Lubomyr Melnyk
- Michael Hedges
- Psychedelic Furs
- Rei Harakami
- Cocteau Twins/Robin Guthrie
- Ryan Teague
- Ryuichi Sakamoto
- Simple Minds
- Sin Cos Tan
- Sons of Hawai’i
- The Stone Roses
- Talk Talk/Mark Hollis
- Tears for Fears
There should be enough new wave, ambient, contemporary classical, and pop to hold me over for the year.