:[People] seem to be getting dumber and dumber. I mean we have all this amazing technology and yet computers have turned into basically four figure wank machines. The Internet was supposed to set us free, democratize us, but all it’s really given us is Howard Dean’s aborted candidacy and 24-hour a day access to kiddie porn, you know. And people don’t write anymore, they blog; instead of talking, they text; no punctuation, no grammar. LOL this and LMFAO that. You know it just seems to me that it’s just a bunch of stupid people psuedo-communicating with a bunch of other stupid people in a proto-language that resembles more what cavemen used to speak than the king’s English. – David Duchovny, Californication
I used to remember them, there were many of them and I added to them in rapid succession when I graduated to high school. Now, I’m hard pressed to even remember my own. Who am I? (Jeopardy theme) Okay Alex, can I get “telephone numbers” for five hundred? Social networking is the way of the future and it seems that everyone is and has been aboard for many years (including myself). Is this wave of communication a good or bad thing? I could give you my opinion, but it’s clearly biased, even with me indulging in it.
Shameless self promotion and narcissism, that’s why I love the Facebooks, Linkedins, Twitters, BBMs and WordPresses of the world. Where else can you spread your opinion and thoughts over cyberspace quicker? I’ve met many folks through my social networking avenues and it’s been an education for me. I remember the days when I shunned Facebook and insulted those who chose to take part in such a foolish pastime. Now, I avidly use Twitter and view “the Facebook” at least thrice a day. Ask me how often I get to have a good conversation with a person in the flesh takes place. The answer would astonish you. The fact that I love face to face conversation and haven’t indulged in one in some time says a lot of my habits with the social networking giant.
Pat Burns was not deceased, Ashley Anne Kirilow didn’t have cancer, that BBM contact was using that woman to enjoy a gangbang, unbeknowst to her. These are some of the pitfals that arise from such a speedy information influx. Things get reported incorrectly, money is lost and jokes are taken as serious. People often hide behind the tools constructed to help achieve openness with the outside world.
My take is as follows, I enjoy Twitter and BBM, they allow me to entertain, promote and display my thoughts openly with a larger audience. I do not, however, like the social aspect of life being removed for the sake of networking. I believe it’s still important to be mannerly, polite and speak to people face to face. There’s a reason most children either go to school rather than getting home schooled, the social aspect is invaluable.
This or that,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0eiRmyx-YE&feature=fvst Trey Songz, LOL Smiley face