Build Your Own Intellectual Oasis

23 Oct

Published January 4, 2020 in Quillette

Two years ago I started an experiment I would like to recommend to you. At the urging of my best friend, concerned not just about my happiness but my mental health, I went dark. Perhaps if enough people give this a try it could help pull our troubled culture out of its downward spiral.

What do I mean by going dark? I’ve enjoyed a four-decade long career as an engineer, entrepreneur, and venture capital investor working with many others to help build the digital world in which we now live. As the years passed I became more of an “activist,” devoting increasing amounts of time, money, and attention to various issues and causes impacting the body politic. For 25 years I wrote regular opinion columns for publications like Network Computing and Communications Week, back in the pre-web days, transitioning to Forbes.com, the Huffington PostRealClear Markets, the Daily Caller, and the Foundation for Economic Education in the digital age. As my tech career began winding down I spent half a dozen years as a fellow at a Washington DC policy think tank, three as a radio show host on Bloomberg Radio where I had the pleasure of interviewing Claire Lehmann when Quillette was just a gleam in her eye, a couple of years as a roving lecturer on college campuses, all seasoned with a smattering of talking head appearances on TV. I had also been deeply engaged in social media since the phenomenon first emerged.

Then in January of 2018 I abruptly shut it all down, because my best friend was right.

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2 Responses to “Build Your Own Intellectual Oasis”

  1. Dudley, Thomas J October 24, 2020 at 10:10 am #

    Welcome back Bill.

    Thomas J. Dudley
    Director, Technical Programs and Industry Engagement
    Boston University Photonics Center

    8 Saint Mary’s Street
    Boston, MA 02215-2421

    Office: (617) 358-4924
    Mobile: (978) 857-9357
    Email: tjdudley@bu.edu

    From: Bill Frezza
    Reply-To: Bill Frezza
    Date: Friday, October 23, 2020 at 4:42 PM
    To: Thomas Dudley
    Subject: [New post] Build Your Own Intellectual Oasis

    billfrezza posted: ” Published January 4, 2020 in Quillette Two years ago I started an experiment I would like to recommend to you. At the urging of my best friend, concerned not just about my happiness but my mental health, I went dark. Perhaps if enough people give this”

    • billfrezza October 24, 2020 at 10:26 am #

      Thanks, Tom, but I’m not back. This was my swan song.

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