But isn't that missing the point?

I admit to more than a bit of ambivalence here. Maybe rather than being relaxing, vacations should be intense experiences. After all, if we're going to be visiting places with which we're unfamiliar, it's going to take hard work to get to know and understand them. In the past, I've wanted to learn as much about the places I visit as I can. For that reason, while on the road I haven't wanted to take along CDs (or, long ago, tapes) of music I like to listen to, feeling instead that I should be immersing myself into the "culture" of the area I'm visiting. But in our online world, "culture" (if that's the right word for it) has become placeless. If I feel as though I'm at home when I enter a shopping mall, or walk along a street in a foreign city, I've lost the novelty of being somewhere different (not to mention strange). And if being somewhere foreign is no different than being at home, why shouldn't I listen to the music I want to hear, or visit the web sites that interest me, or access my e-mail.

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