Wedged me in WWW

26 Apr

Without doubt, I am not one of those people, who are upset about not living in some certain age (they consider being very cool). Most of the time, I am really happy to live today – I enjoy the comfort and convenience of modern times. I hardly leave home without my electronic equipment. If I feel like that, I am capable of killing quite some time online – chattering, reading, or watching. It kind of makes me wonder, how people used to meet up without cells or stay in touch over years without social networks…

But since anything this world is offering has at least two sides – from time to time today’s technologies appear to be more trouble than delight. I am not talking about our favorite playthings running out of battery, but the commitment we get ourselves in the second we’re buying a gear – or even worse; the dilemma we are getting forced into by others.

Maybe it’s just me (because I am an exceptionally lazy person with a strong desire for independence), but sometimes I find being connected to society, through the internet, to be such a pain! Just think about times you just want to be fucking left alone: No chance – turning off your cell or not updating some stupid status on the net is likely to make matters worse, as it will only make you look suspicious. The sole process of modern communication itself is actually pretty annoying: we’re typing words of little importance on some screen – instead of meeting up over a glass of wine or whatever and having profound, private conversations like back in the good old days… Seriously! Sometimes it takes ages to discuss regular stuff in a written conversation (especially using the casual contemporary chat), because of all the misunderstandings and delays occurring with typed and typing words.

So far my concerns regarded just the private, communicational use of the World Wide Web, how should I evaluate ‘professional’-networking then? (I admit that it is pretty hard being objective on that one – since I am not exactly writing this ‘post’ out of my own free will and indeed could imagine lots of way more pleasant things to do over the Easter holidays, than looking for some internet in the random sleepy village, I currently am staying in, for being able to fill the net with another redundant opinion!)

I guess it is practically the same, just a little more formal and complicated. When I think of those manager guys having countless important conversations with their business community using Skype and back to my friends, the internet and me – I believe that in comparison, the distance in language might not be that much of a problem, since these professional talks often (officially) occur in written form anyway; but the psychological bound – the omnipresence of work (analogically to the almost everywhere present internet) I believe to be an even bigger burden.

I mean it is hard enough to separate between work and play, when both are accessible over the same source, these days – but how come that by using the net we are more and more forced into it? Will we be consumed by some allegorical, spiderlike monster one day, or is there a way to avoid that threat somehow? How can we gain distance and independence, without hurting ourselves and still making use of this enormous platform and our relations?

I am not quite sure.

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5 Responses to “Wedged me in WWW”

  1. Bruce Spear April 26, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    Excellent, what a pleasure it is to read this!!! I wonder if the thing you might do next is find out who has asked these questions, or is asking them now, and how differently they have answered them? There’s great literature in this (Faust, Frankenstein, Heidegger), but also current debates on the web … how might you find them, join the discussion, and answer your excellent questions?

    • arinanira April 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

      I am really glad, that You liked it!

      Thanks for the hint about people who already thought about this kind of problem (I suppose that there are many more, since the stress ratio between freedom and equity always hast been the favourite subject of (political) debates) – I’ll consider taking a look at their works the next time I visit my library of choice!

      Since this is my first blog post, which was actually written in an internet-free environment, I felt free to phrase my own thoughts on that one.
      I guess, I have to try to be a little more formal and a little less individual next time – now that the rules are set, huh?

  2. Bruce Spear April 26, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    As it happens, not five minutes checking my twitter feeds and I find a thoughtful blog post on your topic, http://fm4.orf.at/stories/1681971/. Good luck!

  3. kiki April 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    i really liked your topic as well as your style.espacially the ambiguity between the www-world and its addictions but also the drawbacks.
    while doing this i´m also logged in at facebook and realizing it,i don´t even know why.to “chat” with my best friend?to have smalltalks i would try to avoid in real life?

    i think i´ll do it like in ancient times and write a letter now…haha.

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