Friday, January 29, 2010

Show and Tell


Continuing the conversation of mass communication to people we don’t even know… It was the development of the Internet and various news groups that lead the way for the newest wave of communication with those we never met. From there developed the forums and chat rooms that attracted like minded people that were involved in the same topic, lifestyle and vernacular.

Unless one was a regular contributor to these forums one would never really know who was reading their stuff. Eventually it became more personal when people started blogging, however trackable mass communication didn’t come around until the advent of social networks such as Myspace, Facebook and Twitter where people sign up to read the junk you write. One can gather a fan-base at Youtube where not only your writing is reviewed, but so are your video skills. These places are where you acquire friends and friends of friends that you may communicate with. Often these friends are people you have never met and will probably never meet. With my Facebook account associated with this blog I have never met 18 of the 31 people that are my FB Friends.

The Internet make world-wide communication possible and a lot of people know how to tap into that communication flow. The cool thing is that it costs little if anything and the training in minimal if anything at all.

The need to communicate with strangers is really strong with people today, especially with the kids. I was recently speaking with a school teacher and she told me that the kids in her class are able to Tweet messages with their devices inside their pockets. They can’t see the keyboard, but they can feel it with their thumb. They are able to log in, compose a message and send it without ever removing their device from their pockets. Now that is cool and it demonstrates the need and determination to communicate better than anything else I can think of.

3 Comments:

Blogger Auntie said...

I love my "computerized friendship generator" also known as Facebook. Perhaps too much. Don't even think about starting up a blog again.

5:53 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

I often wonder if this manic need to stay connected at all times isn't some sort of weird psychological disease. Maybe it's a byproduct of our brains being slowly fried by all of the microwave radiation flying about. Don't know anything definitive, but I'm thinking about making a tinfoil hat.

veri word: dirry- often followed by "bassard"

9:04 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Auntie, Facebook seems so transitory, mindless and frivolous. Rarely is anything of importance there. Blogging is a bit more permanent with its archive. And it seems that with the room for content, Bloggers attempt to share something more than a heavily cropped snapshot of time.

Darev,I think that stems from insecurity and wanting to be loved.

5:32 AM  

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