Kenneth Goldsmith's manifesto "Let's Get Lost" illustrates that spending time on the
internet is not an actual waste of time but a productive and creative endeavor in the appropriate
theoretical and philosophical context. In my opinion, in the prelude, Kenneth Goldsmith seems to
be grappling with numerous concepts before narrowing on a primary idea of how people believe
the internet is destructive and a waste of valuable time. Intuitively, the author draws from his
personal experiences to illustrates that the internet is indeed a resourceful place, challenging the
misleading notion that time on the internet is a waste of valuable time.
Across the reading the author notes that once in a while, individuals can be consumed in
their mobile devices scrolling through social media and the internet for communication purposes.
Watching content over the internet involves following the creatives of other people, submerging
our lives into the contexts of other people’s lives(Colombo et al. 533). This involves
commenting, liking, and sharing content we find valuable with our circles. Goldsmith cites an
excerpt with a 12-year old following a video on YouTube, which is a different form of getting
social compared to adults (Goldsmith 14). According to Goldsmith, the child is connecting with
her circles with characteristically similar interests and age.
Kenneth Goldsmith shares his encounters of observing his children and their friends
getting unbelievable interactive while getting their minds and faces consumed on video games
and other smartphone applications. Although it may be perceived as a potentially time-wasting
trend in contemporary society, it provokes a philosophical question of whether exploring the
internet is a waste of time. The author notes that even adults need to get some time off their daily
routines to explore the internet for refreshing and intellectual breaks. This read is provokingly
insightful as Kenneth Goldsmith shares his opinions and findings through experiences instead of
just opinions in such a poetic style.
From a generalist perspective, this read is suitable for anyone who might be feeling guilty
of spending substantial amount of time scrolling the internet. The insights into why it is
important to get lost into the internet are relatable for anyone wanting to experience life beyond
the normal routine. The internet is awash with resources that individuals can use to enhance their
lives. In what may be perceived as time wasting, internet users enter an organic trance where
hundreds of strangers can harmoniously enrapture and sway together in an electric buzzing
Colombo, Gary, et al. Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing.
11th ed., Bedford/St. Martin's, 2016.
Goldsmith, Kenneth. Wasting Time