Aziz Ansari on Quitting the Internet

Mark Anthony Green:

What about important news and politics?
I was reading all this Trump stuff, and it doesn’t feel like we’re reading news for the reason we used to, which was to get a better sense of what’s going on in the world and to enrich yourself by being aware. It seems like we’re reading wrestling rumors. It’s like reading about what happened on Monday Night Raw. When you take a step back, it all just seems so sensationalized. Trump’s gonna get impeached! No, he’s not. None of that shit’s happening. But you are going to read all the articles. So if you take yourself out of it, you’re not infected with this toxicity all the time. Also, guess what? Everything is fine! I’m not out of the loop on anything. Like, if something real is going down, I’ll find out about it.

But you’re choosing to be uninformed.
I’m not choosing ignorance. I’m choosing to not watch wrestling.

Ansari isn’t the only cool person I know who’s described the current political climate as something like wrestling, but he’s the first person to compare reading the news to reading dirtsheets. That’s some specific, knowledgable nerdery right there. It’s almost as if Ansari has spent a lot of time reading wrestling rumours, and knows how sad and toxic it could be. Or he’s just a smart dude and can put that together without a couple years of Wrestlezone refreshes under his belt.

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