No joke: Comedian Louis C.K. quits the Internet – CNET

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.


Is that the face of a quitter?


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It was always likely to end this way.

In the past, comedian Louis C.K. had complained that Twitter made him feel bad.

But, as he explained to Conan O’Brien on Thursday night: “I’m not on the Internet anymore. I quit the Internet.”

He added the rider that his supposed quitting of the world’s connective tissue was “for now.”

“I don’t like the way it feels anymore,” he said. “Especially in my hand. The devices, I don’t like this thing, that I stare into this thing.”

He said he hates the fact that it upsets him and that he still looks at things that upset him.

“I guess I just like the hit,” he said.

What does he look at on Google? “Big dicks with nails in them,” he admitted.

He said he becomes very upset when his two daughters, who are polite people, wait patiently as he gets another message on his phone.

He described his behavior as “a horrible abandonment.”

“I have to think about what I’m doing to this kid,” he said.

Whom did he ask to lock his phone out of the Internet? Why, one of his daughters. “It’s supposed to be the other way around to keep your kid off the Internet,” he admitted.

His period of Internet cold turkey has lasted a month now. He’s reading books again.

Most of all, one of his daughters says she’s proud of him for stopping looking at “the stupid Internet.”

Naturally, the likes of Mark Zuckerberg would be appalled that anyone would consider casting aside the Internet — or, worse, the de facto Internet known as Facebook — for the sake of archaic practices such as book reading.

Perhaps, though, it might help all of us to step away for a month or more and realize that nothing really happened.

Other than a lot of cursing, posing, trolling and cat videos.

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