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GregorySuhrFirstEssay 4 - 01 Apr 2018 - Main.EbenMoglen
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Diminishing the Role of my Phone in my Life

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  The obvious response here is that I should ditch the iPhone completely, and get a phone with only the most basic features. I understand that that is the more foolproof way of solving my problem, and perhaps my current solution is only a patch-job, doomed to fail. However, at this point in time, I simply have not gone that far.
Obviously a good revision of the essay, which is the least of it.

You've now realized the intellectual and emotional advantages of doing without the network environment created by the smartphone. The step of removing the smartphone rather than the applications would not yield the same benefit. Your surveillance profile would drastically decrease, which would bring you a feeling of security and satisfaction over the longer term, but it is not the same immediate, substantial reinforcement that you got from changing the mental habits that "behaviorally implanted" the smartphone in your nervous system in the first place.

The victory you have, however, is enormous. Now you are a person changing things, instead of wishing for change you are afraid to make. Now you see it is easier than you thought it would be. In the near future, you want to be a person teaching those realities to others. It only takes imagining how once again, by willingness to experiment. The reinforcement is helping others gain what you have now.

You are entitled to restrict access to your paper if you want to. But we all derive immense benefit from reading one another's work, and I hope you won't feel the need unless the subject matter is personal and its disclosure would be harmful or undesirable. To restrict access to your paper simply delete the "#" character on the next two lines:

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