Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Social Networking

With Ten Thousand Friends,
Nine Nine Six Nine be Hidden.
Who needs the Blather?

8 comments:

The Scrybe said...

Stick with it for the thirty-one ;)

PO Johnson said...

Good that social networking is a voluntary thing. I, for one, like it. :)

Gerry Boyd said...

Me too. I was pretending to be a misanthrope.

PO Johnson said...

I do that as well when I write, pretend to be a misanthrope. I've a special liking for darkness. Perhaps that is a sign of me being a romantic. I never thought I'd hear myself saying I'm a romantic. Jeez!

Francis Scudellari said...

And the ones who can't stand the blather of others are usually the ones who blather the most :).

Gerry Boyd said...

Sure. I'm on FB but I don't feel a compelling need to update my status every 20 minutes.

Thomas Sheridan said...

The worst thing about Facebook for me was when my girlfriend from school found me and showed me photos of her GRANDDAUGHTER!

In fairness she was 16 when she got pregnant and her daughter about the same age - but still...

Gerry Boyd said...

Yes Thomas, that's a freak-out. On a larger level, for me at least, is that FB jumbles up the set of roles one plays. Unless, you're going to segment your "friends" into groups, which for me, being lazy, is just too much effort, you can get into "uncharted" territory. For example, I have my family (wife and kids), my siblings, my other relatives, my high school friends, my college friends, my work friends, my poetry friends, some of my kid's friends, etc. all in one relative flat socio-system. In meatspace life, I play, like everyone else, many roles, which allows for a bit of inner decentralization and specialization, if you will. In FB life, those roles overlap and sometimes create weirdnesses. I haven't figured out yet whether that forces a kind of self-synthesis which, in the long run, would be a good thing.