Chris and I have spent a lot of time discussing Twitter over the past few days, both online and off. Along with Physioprof and James, we have a pact to resist joining the dark side. And the movement is growing…
Still, it’s been a big week for Twitter. In a twist of irony, the same day we posted on the phenom, Discover launched its official Twitter feed. And right now, a top headline on CNN’s frontpage reports that Ashton Kutcher has reached 1 million Twitter followers in his battle with the station. In other words, more folks are following ‘That 70’s Show’s Michael Kelso than than the actual news…and that itself has become the news. I’m not sure whether we can glean any large scale significant clues here about the evolution of American culture, but it strikes me odd nonetheless.
Chris noted this week’s scientific finding that rapid-fire media may confuse our moral compass and just yesterday, another story on CNN reported moms are at risk for internet addiction. Addiction? While I’m thankfully not (yet) among users who ‘don’t bathe and abuse drugs to help them stay “up” for more online time‘, I often get the feeling that Chris and I are on our laptops more than we should be. Scaling out, it’s clear that many of us are spending a good deal of time interacting with others in privacy. While the world grows smaller by way of globalization and the worldwide web, we’re becoming increasingly accustomed to social interaction amid social isolation.
I haven’t decided how I feel about all of this, but the week’s proceedings have me seriously thinking about how people are inherently changing. And what about the aforementioned risk? Are we really capable of becoming addicted to the web? As ever more of us become virtually wired much of the time, could we be approaching The Matrix? That question is mainly in jest of course, but just for the sake of discussion…
If it’s happening, would anyone notice before it’s too late?
Links to this Post
- Facebook: A Virtual Bookmark In Time | The Intersection | Discover Magazine | April 22, 2009
- Into The Twitter-sphere… | The Intersection | Discover Magazine | May 1, 2009
- On Motherhood, Identity, And Feminism | The Intersection | Discover Magazine | May 21, 2009
- Lost In Wonderland? | The Intersection | Discover Magazine | August 25, 2009