Reading yesterday at another site, someone was saying how fragmented they felt with all the technology swirling around them. I understand the feeling, big time. Twitter and LinkedIn and Facebook, iphones and smart phones and tablets and a new social network every week, it seems, all staring at me across the breakfast table.
It's a bit like keeping up with a very powerful, insistent, Jones family.
When I first came online in the mid 90s message boards were the big deal, and once I realized what 'interactive' really meant I was hooked. At one point I was in a board fight at one, writing poetry in another and finding people with whom I am still friends, even now, and joining at least four other boards, all in the space of two years. How I managed to do that on dial up and a shared machine amazes me.
But, it was the words, the communication, the interchanges, that mattered. The day I found the 'net, was the day I gave up television.
And I realize now, looking back, that I only went where I wanted or needed to go, avoiding that ferocious paddling some people indulge in in order to keep up with the rest of the world. Simplify, simplify. I don't do peripherals, I don't do cellphones or smart phones or kindle or Nook or social networks. Not bragging, here, just sayin'. The only way I can keep this entire mess from taking over my life and brain any more than it already does is to skim off the stuff I don't need, don't want, and don't care about.
Take what you need, let the rest go.
And I do miss the old (good) Speakeasy. It was an amazing place to be part of.