Thursday, September 18, 2014
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VIDEO: Want to unplug from the web? See 'Portlandia''s nuclear option

Carrie declares social bankruptcy. But can she live with the digital isolation?

VIDEO: Want to unplug from the web? See ‘Portlandia’’s nuclear option

We’ve all been there – overwhelmed by email, unable to keep up with Twitter, your friends’ Facebook postings scrolling by faster than a slot machine and you’re afraid to even check on your Instagram account. Come to think of it, when was the last time you had an actual conversation with another human being?

Enough! Ever just want to withdraw from the incessant digital chatter? Get a little peace and quiet up in here? You know there will be withdrawal pains involved but you can’t take the busy-bee static one more minute.

Last night on Portlandia, Carrie Brownstein gave us a look at the nuclear option when she declared “social bankruptcy”. Bold move. Her online profile was wiped clean.

Of course there was a downside. Her best friend, Fred Armisen, couldn’t recognize or identify her. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone with a blank Google entry,” he marveled. “It’s like you don’t exist.”

Unthinkably spooky, right? Let’s take an instant twitter poll. #checkout

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