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A flâneur is a person who walks the city in order to experience it. Because of the term's usage and theorization by Charles Baudelaire and numerous thinkers in economic, cultural, literary and historical fields, the idea of the flâneur has accumulated significant meaning as a referent for understanding urban phenomena and modernity. On the web, flaneuring is surfing the web with no specific goal in mind. Wondering from Wikipedia article to Wikipedia article at one's intellectual whim is an excellent example of flaneuring on the internet. The term captures a certain beauty to wandering for the mere sake of intellectual, social, or aesthetic pleasure, although there are dangers to this type of activity as well. Aimlessly wandering on the internet can become a digital black hole, which one awakes from to find that it is 3am and nothing has been accomplished. Flaneuring late at night can result in Junk Sleep.

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