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I remember when everyone I knew used to blog, XAnga, LJ, or do something a little bit more lengthy in terms of their contribution to the interwebs. I remember that people used to write out their thoughts instead of just updating a facebook "status" or tweeting some witty line or promotional bit (i.e., "Hi I'm going to be lalalalala here").

I wonder what happened to writing about ordinary things. Or even posting pictures with narrative and not of our selves.

Somehow Facebook seemed to have changed the discourse and the level of interaction that we all have with one another.

Somehow our collective attention span has gotten shorter and shorter, and I feel so irritated trying to mash myself in to this quick,fast world of expressing ourselves in a way that takes up the least amount of time or effort.

People seem to think that updating a little bit here and there, texting here and there, but more often is the equivalent of spending a quality day here or in the future.

I feel frustrated and old-fashioned.
Enough to just let the silences grow longer between journal entries, and enough to just write to myself, alone.

At least in my fictional realm, well... people actually still talk, listen, and thankfully do not have INTERNET.

on 2010-08-23 07:34 am (UTC)
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Aw. Don't I know it — I find that even I don't post as much on LJ. But I'm still holding onto it because there still things I prefer to share here.

I find Tumblr more convenient for sharing more general stuff, things that inspire, and so forth.

But I hear you. The only time I really find out what any of my friends are actually doing are during rare times I get to have lunch with them, and even then I find that 1.5 hours is woefully short to catch up on things. :(

I wonder how many of us will still remember the days without cellphones and the internet?

on 2010-08-23 11:41 pm (UTC)
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The kids entering college today don't even know what life was like without the internet. Scary. :/

Gotta check out tumblr sometime...

on 2010-08-23 03:37 pm (UTC)
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It's not that the collective attention span has gotten shorter. No, that has stayed the same. New ways of communicating make it easier to see how everyone truly is, without getting drunk. "Social media" fits in perfectly with the average person... shiny stats to show how many friends one has, shiny stats to tell everyone else how many friends one has, a way to let all those "friends" know about mundane details and so on. It's small talk on a large scale. Just like in real life, nobody actually cares about all those words. It's pumped into the ether, the posters feel important because hey, they have 3,000 followers that heard their rumblings.

on 2010-08-23 11:41 pm (UTC)
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Wow - you know I hadn't thought of it that way, but you're quite possibly right... the majority of people aren't really all that interested in anything other than small talk and self-aggrandization

on 2010-08-24 10:47 am (UTC)
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wow. i agree--that about sums it up, and very well too.

eek. small talk.

on 2010-09-04 12:13 am (UTC)
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It's a VERY good observation. Status updates really are small talk on a large scale.


on 2010-08-24 03:55 am (UTC)
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I find it funny that the following comment will be coming from the internet of a cellphone...

I've always wondered how a friend of mine has so much interaction on facebook. Maybe she's a very good small talker and conversationalist in general. For myself I notice I don't do much on fb. The people I interact on there are the people I interact with outside fb. I think it's hard to care about learning so and so is going to a baseball game when you're not actually going to get more depth out of it later through a 'real' (?) interaction like a conversation. I'm not exactly sure what's going on but it's not what it used to be.

on 2010-09-01 11:48 pm (UTC)
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Hm. Maybe you're right... maybe for some the interaction on FB is sufficient and for some it's the perfect tool. I think it's nice for looking at snippets of peoples' daily lives, i.e., photos and comments here and there, but overall I find it kind of dissatisfying from a meta sense.

Then again, maybe there's something wrong with me xD

on 2010-09-02 04:41 am (UTC)
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Look, we're past the age of beepers and computers with black screens and green lettering... this is the age of FB. It's 2010 conform already, conform I tell you! ;p

on 2010-09-12 06:15 pm (UTC)
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oh I conformed a while ago... but still hide my FB from most of the world :p

on 2010-08-24 05:03 am (UTC)
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At least in my fictional realm, well... people actually still talk, listen, and thankfully do not have INTERNET.

Imagine a day where you open up a book or turn a page on the Kindle and see chat transcripts between charas.


on 2010-09-01 11:48 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Or it's all in L33T


on 2010-08-24 10:52 am (UTC)
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it's true for me too. certainly LJ remains the safe haven for my truly personal thoughts and feelings. facebook (and twitter) is for connections, information... i suppose one might call them ephemera.

facebook is... convenient for me though, i have to admit. i do like that it has reconnected me to people i barely knew before but now have the chance to get to know in better detail (some people do post substantive and interesting things, whether about themselves or other things like links). it's a good starting point, i suppose. definitely, for greater depth, facebook is not the tool of choice. even private messages seem insincere somehow to me.

then again, maybe i'm just too used to loneliness and distance from people in general. hehehe.

on 2010-09-01 11:49 pm (UTC)
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YOu're right - it's good for certain purposes, but in time I end up annoyed with the superficiality and drop a lot of people off that list xD

I guess I need to just get with it, overall though. Many people are saying phone calls are a thing of the past now with all this texting and messaging capability. I'm just saddened by it, because I just love longer contact/conversations. Texting is okay for one-liners, but it's frustrating to try to perform verbal diarrhea using that medium :/

on 2010-08-29 05:17 am (UTC)
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i was thinking just recently about how its rare for me to post on lj these days, and that i do miss the days when people had meaningful posts. im glad im not the only one who feels this way. that being said, i cant ditch my facebook, but it makes me appreciate this place just a little bit more.. and makes me want to save my words for more than just a quick sentence here and there.

on 2010-09-01 11:50 pm (UTC)
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In that sense, I think LJ may go away if it's not careful to find a way to stay relevant in this new mode of communication. Glad to see LJ is integrating with Facebook, but to that end, I'm not sure I want everything on LJ autotransferring to FB x_x

on 2010-09-02 02:24 am (UTC)
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my lj is private for a reason, i really hope they dont go under. i have years of memories on here and id hate to lose it all

on 2010-09-12 06:16 pm (UTC)
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I believe there's still a way to archive LJ entries using 3rd party software// but it's not pretty... more like making a PDF book out of your stuff ...

on 2010-09-04 12:18 am (UTC)
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I've been a blogger since 2000, and a journal-keeper for as long as I could remember.

I admit, I am guilty of embracing the 140 characters or less world.

Partially, I do this because it's a way for me to connect with people online without giving too much of myself away. Writing a lengthy entry creates a sense of intimacy that is not always appropriate with everyone.

on 2010-09-12 06:14 pm (UTC)
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That definitely makes sense. It's for that reason I restrict most of my journal entries to the majority of the world :)

on 2010-09-20 05:26 am (UTC)
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Hm. Interesting. I know my social networking has increased, but I don't think it's replaced my more substantive entries, despite my disappearance from lj. Queerly, I think the reason I update less is because (besides laziness or lack of time) I actually spend a good deal of time talking. After having talked out ideas or events, it seems...I guess redundant to revisit the same thoughts in typed form. Which is dumb because I like having records of things.

Blah. I need to be better at that.

But I hear your laments on short-form updates.
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