Finding Paul Miller

“I was wrong.

One year ago I left the internet. I thought it was making me unproductive. I thought it lacked meaning. I thought it was “corrupting my soul.”

It’s a been a year now since I “surfed the web” or “checked my email” or “liked” anything with a figurative rather than literal thumbs up. I’ve managed to stay disconnected, just like I planned. I’m internet free.

And now I’m supposed to tell you how it solved all my problems. I’m supposed to be enlightened. I’m supposed to be more “real,” now. More perfect.

But instead it’s 8PM and I just woke up. I slept all day, woke with eight voicemails on my phone from friends and coworkers. I went to my coffee shop to consume dinner, the Knicks game, my two newspapers, and a copy of The New Yorker. And now I’m watching Toy Story while I glance occasionally at the blinking cursor in this text document, willing it to write itself, willing it to generate the epiphanies my life has failed to produce.

I didn’t want to meet this Paul at the tail end of my yearlong journey.” – From the Author

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  • Jewel

    I didn’t think it was possible to make a documentary that uninteresting. This boring guy just kept repeating the same statements ad infinitum. He didn’t even find any joy from travel – didn’t even tell us what he did, just kept saying he’d done a lot of cool things and lot of boring things… brilliant – step 1 of storytelling… show don’t tell.

    He’s just a boring person…I’m not sure the internet or absence of it made any difference at all. His unhealthy eating and drinking habits because all too apparent though. His next borefest will be about coping with diabetes.

    • jackmeoff

      @Jewel OUCH!! I couldn’t agree more! This is what happens when semi-affluent people have money, video cameras and computers, then they THINK that they’re lives are interesting…..but they’re not.

  • http://www.pjwerley.com/ PJWerley

    This was an incredibly dull and repetative documentary. While the subject matter is interesting, I was expecting to delve into the insights of more than just one pathetic person.

  • Imightberiding

    This is an absolute waste of time. That is unless Paul Miller is a personal friend of yours & you like watching unimportant home movies of him being completely self absorbed.

    • bringmeredwine

      Yes, it was very disappointing.
      No wonder he’s single!