I read with optimism a recent article in the New York Times that discussed a general reduction in the practice of web surfing. According to the article, people are abandoning search engines--and the serendipitous wanderings in search of information that accompany them--in favor of four or five mainstream information sources.

I found this news encouraging, not only because the thought of healthy, active people spending a Saturday afternoon in front of their computer screens seems depressing, but also because it is an indication that the novelty of the web is beginning to wear off.

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