Thursday, May 06, 2010

Anyone interested in taking bets on when we'll all go back to journaling with pen and paper?

here you go

That's a semi-serious question. I'm not really the betting sort.

Lately I've been really dreading the internet. Sure, everyone having a voice they can raise to the wilderness is liberating and can be illuminating, yet the immediacy and seeming intractability of the medium has made me weary of where it's all leading us.

It's not that we feel anonymous or impervious that bothers me. It's that there's no real gatekeeper other than a Darwinian survival of the fittest. If it resonates it rises, period.

I suppose in many ways all we are is a mass of cells mixed with water and electrical impulses attached to opinions. We can ask questions. We can cite study. We can judge any number of scenarios without doing either. I suppose it doesn't matter. We all think we have integrity. We all think we are on the side that is righteous.

But what will my opinion matter now or in a thousand years? Probably little.

Perhaps there's real cause for alarm, or perhaps I've just reached the point in historical progressive maturity in which I pine for the good-ol'-days of cassette tapes and Tri-X film ... of driving to work without the distraction of the potential for contstant contact. ... just as my parents wished for the return of wingtips and high-fidelity and the art of letter writing.

Most of all, I wonder what it will be like in the world when my children pine for simpler times. I just can't imagine.

1 comment:

Bill said...

Pen and paper? Not likely. :)

The problem with saying we can ask questions/cite studies is that too few people do either of those. The internet tends to be a mishmash of opinions unless you specifically go looking for something.

A friend quit Twitter and Facebook a week or two ago, which made me want to simplify my "frequent" list of twitter folks (I'm not too active on FB). It's amazing how much more pleasant life is when I'm not sifting through so many stranger's tweets! There are still a few strangers I follow (like some joker named toyfoto) but overall...simplifying is good!

In 15 years our kids will be laughing at how simple we had it.