Rockwell the Pusher

by | Dec 22, 2005 | Stress Blog

Gary North on the joys and pains of being addicted to LRC:

“Oh, yes, it started out innocently enough. Just click a few links. Read a few free articles. Nothing to it. It’s free.

Then, the next day, I did it again. And the next day.

It got worse, of course. It always does. A free search engine at the bottom of the page. Looking for something? You can find it here fast. Then click another link. Nothing to it.

Then I spotted Top 10. In America, few readers can resist Top 10 articles. I clicked. There they were: the most popular articles the previous week. And the previous month. Nothing to it.

There never is anything to it. Just click a link.

Experimenters attach electrodes to rats’ brains. A rat presses a button. Ecstasy! He presses it again. He keeps pressing that button until he stops eating.

I know the feeling well, except that with, you can put a bowl of Fritos on the left-hand side of your computer. With your right index finger, you click. Click, munch, munch. Click, munch, munch. Pretty soon, you don’t have the same mobility. You don’t leave your mouse except to re-fill the bowl.

Then, in a moment of extreme vulnerability, I clicked Subscribe/Unsubscribe. Now I get the front page delivered to me every morning around 3 a.m. It is there for me when I click the SEND/RECV button on Outlook Express every morning.

I’m not saying that I’m addicted. I can quit any time I feel like it. Any time.”

Damn the the corrupting influence of that terrible man!

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