Something About a Like Button

April 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

As evidenced by my not posting since the 24th, I have been struggling to internet since the Boston bombing. This burnout –I guess you could call it?– connects in surprisingly well-timed ways to the online communication unit I’m currently teaching in my Intro to Human Comm class. Normally when I teach this sort of stuff, which can be tl;dr’d as THERE’S SO MUCH TEXTING GOING ON THESE DAYS AND NO COMMUNICATING, I’m like pfft whatever. The internet is good! Hyperconnectivity is great! I loooooove email and push notifications! But this time around I find myself nodding along with Sherry Turkle, not because my social media use makes me lonely (I’m not on Facebook, haven’t been to Google+ in years, rarely tweet, avoid gchat, and use Skype only when a face to face meeting is required but otherwise impossible due to geography — so the conversation about connected loneliness isn’t really applicable) but because the internet as a whole has been making me feel anxious and thinly-spread. It’s interesting; this is the first time I’ve ever felt this way in relation to my own online engagement. So for the next few weeks, I’m going to cut back on everything. I’ll still post here, but for the time being will be focusing only on the stuff I like that doesn’t make my head explode. For example this masterwork, found via Chris (all the best things in my life are found via Chris).

Happy Monday everybody!

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