For most, the internet is a source of inspiration, a fountain of ideas and creative collaboration. But for me, it’s just the opposite, at least with technical projects; I’m paralyzed into creative inaction by the sheer volume of what’s already at my fingertips. The learning curve has gotten drastically steeper in the last 10 years not because the technology is harder, but because there’s an army of hobbyists driving at almost every problem imaginable with the knowledge of the world at their instant disposal. On the occasion I grasp a kernel of an idea, I’m generally stalled by the likelihood that my idea will be obsolete by the time I learn how to execute it.
I feel like I’m getting dumber simply because all my needs are already met.