Saturday, June 28, 2008

Katherine Berry at Pajamas Media discusses social networking: "Having just spent another morning of my life reading the most boring details of other people’s mornings, I’ve realized how very little things like Twitter, FaceBook, or FriendFeed actually contribute to one’s life: it’s more like sitting in a room full of over-caffeinated narcissistic Tourette’s patients with ADHD who are all trying to be the most entertaining. And, really, what’s so social about a monologue?"


Blogger Cham said...

Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, Friendfindfeedfid or whatever is a great peak into our inner psyche as a culture. Why is it that we choose the topics we do to inform the world. Take the subjects discussed in this PM article: Diapers, McDonalds, coffee, showers. How many times have we read blog posts about people complaining about the way other people drive? The middle class are not unlike prisoners and those locked up in mental institutions. The majority are desperate to attempt to control, examine and discuss the tiny minutia that make up our every day lives. Hence the long diatribes about food, parenting, movie reviews and irritation with customer service calls.

Not too many are willing to step out of the box of approved subject matter and discuss politics or their weird fetishes in the bedroom. The working middle class doesn't want to be judged, ridiculed, or...God forbid, linked.

People have a right to post about whatever boring subject they choose, and everyone else has a right to opt out of the email alerts and the memes.

8:15 AM, June 28, 2008  
Blogger TJIC said...

Not too many are willing to ... discuss ... their weird fetishes in the bedroom.

Fine by me.

10:05 AM, June 28, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Katherine. I can take a hint.

However, lest you think you are above it, what is it you are writing?

A monologue bad mouthing other peoples' monologues, eh?

10:10 AM, June 28, 2008  
Blogger observer said...

The best thing anyone can do with any interactive website is remember the following rule:

"Don't post on the Internet what you don't want to have found on the "Wayback Machine" or Google in the future." This is the update of the saying "Don't do anything you would not want to see reported on the evening news.", and is just as true.

Interactive media (blogs, discussion boards, newsgroups, comment forms) are not all bad: Interactive software and sites are good when they are used to discuss primary and good secondary source material topics. Postings on such sites can also give an insight into a situation one might not be familiar with how to handle otherwise.

However...sorry guys and gals, but there are certain things in life that one should no more write down in pixels on a computer screen and save on a server than write down in a journal or record on videotape, audio tape, or film. It's simply a waste of space and time (never mind more than a little embarrassing to everyone) to put up what really is "too-personal" anecdotes when a more "objective" presentation to make one's point can do the exact same thing.

The "up close and personal", in short, really should stay that way.

10:40 PM, June 28, 2008  
Blogger cinderkeys said...

As someone who succumbed to the trendiness and started up a blog recently, I struggle with this. Because everything Berry says is right on. A blog is not "social networking" in the same way a message board is. A blog is one person holding court, attempting to be entertaining enough to elicit hits and comments. The commenters add interest and depth, but they're not the ones running the show.

I started my blog as a way to promote my band and our music. In defense of my own monologuing, I've tried hard to make it more entertaining than most band blogs. That bar is set pretty low, though.

I still don't get Twitter. :)

3:09 AM, June 29, 2008  
Blogger dwbosch said...


Just curious whether you've covered the topic about people whose spouse (wife, in my case) have a tagged or myspace account to which the spouse is, er, not invited to be privy to, but on which said spouse is probably posting rather risque stuff.

If you haven't I'd be interested in what you and other commenters have to say.

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