Connected vs. Detatched

You know when you’re out with friends and you have that one extra drink that sounded like a good idea, but ultimately was too much of a good thing? That’s sort of how Twitter’s feeling to me lately.

Don’t get me wrong, I looove technology, and I love being constantly connected (probably to a fault). But what happens when your connected just for the sake of being connected? I read this quote from Sherry Turkle from MIT regarding Twitter on Gawker that crystalized things for me.

“It meets some very deep need to always be connected, but then it turns out that always being trivially connected has a lot of problems that come with it.” – Sherry Turkle

Online, there’s tons of ways to leave short status messages, IM status, OOO-auto emails, Facebook status, etc, etc….it’s short-span communication. I get that everyone wants to consume more granularly, with less commitment, but I think Twitter, like Friendster, will end up being a societal experiment. (Let’s play with it before we know what it’s for, after we learn what the media is about, it’ll be resurrected in a meaningful capactiy.)

I think it’s everyone getting sort of exactly what they asked for with Twitter, only they’re on the edge of realizing that it’s not as satisfying as actually engaging, thinking, and feeling. Now those deeper activities take more time, but they might actually be worth your time.

In some ways, I decided to start this blog because too much in my life had become rapid media consumption….you consume and consume until it’s not actually enriching. It’s just eye candy, it’s not actually content.

Then, just when I decide I hate Twitter more than the recession, I watch Evan Williams Ted talk and I’m inspired by all the ways people are using the service that actually isn’t self-serving.

…it’s all just so complicated.

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