So Much for Socialisation

One issue I have struggled with for some time; if I should consolidate all my blogs in one. Truly speaking, only one blog ever gets all the attention (and I do not mean site traffic only). None of my other blogs has a post count anywhere close to five hundred. While I have started many a blog, I do not write frequently on all of them.

Along came Facebook, and I enjoyed throwing sheep at people (though I have yet to find any usefulness of the act; perhaps that is the purpose), and a while later, the excitement dwindled when sheep-currency started falling out of favour. It now works for me as an over-engineered contact list of sorts.

There was always Flickr, I have some amazing photographers as Flickr Friends, and that place continues to inspire. Lately, however, Flickr has become quite personal in a way that I hardly socialise. My work hasn’t evolved much since I put my first photograph there.

Somewhere on the way I encountered Twitter. I never warmed up to it for a very long time, till some folks in the place where I work, decided to work on an experiment using Twitter. I discovered new ways of using Twitter and have been flushing my Twitter API tank more frequently than before. Now, the interest seems to be waning.

No Escape (b)

I remember, I even had a MySpace account once. A Yahoo 360. A Photoblog account, which are now pretty much defunct. There are many others, where I am (or was) present.

It is almost like being everywhere by not being anywhere. Yet you feel omnipresent. Like God, sans the superpowers. There is, I can sense, a form of Web 2.0 fatigue I experience. It is almost stressful, in a way.

There are more means to express than expression is possible.

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7 thoughts on “So Much for Socialisation

  1. I know what you mean. I went through a similar fatigue last year, though I guess there are lot more things to sign up for these days. Well at least you have the luxury to collate your work n personal life. I dont know I somehow find it difficult to put them together, whcih means I have to log into all accounts twice. And thats fatigure 2.0 x 2.0 .
    I cut down everything and just kept with my site and few accounts.

    I guess in this era, by 18 one should be able to decide what he wants and what he doesnt want to browse/ be a part of online. Thats the new definiton of adulthood, I suppose.

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  2. Oh, I’m visiting your blog after a really, really long time–years, I think! The fragmentation of the body/consciousness that you speak of is a given of technology, no?

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  3. @Sunil:
    I guess you have been there before me! I guess the luxury is limited to describing what I do for a living. The line may be a bit hazy, but it’s strong. As regards knwoing what do do in life — am not sure it will help, for new (and better?) things will keep popping up – all the more difficult tomorrow for today’s 18-year old?

    @River:
    Welcome to Gaizabonts! The only time a post from here ever made it to Desipundit, it was because of you — was called About Time. Yes, it has been years.

    The fragmentation exists because there isn’t universal acceptance of an online identity. Most of us think that what we do online may be used against us. Online activities are still tentative. Opening up yourself to a few vs. to many, causes guardedness. There is a need to protect. Perhaps that causes fatigue. Technology is only an enabler; social conditioning and beliefs cause the fragmentation. Me thinks.

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  4. I remember now. Sadly, DP and I didn’t see eye to eye on certain issues. About Time, eh? Such are the ironies of life.

    Yes, you’re right about the fear of the unified, online self. It’s fear that creates the fissures. Of course, our ‘real’, offline selves work in much the same way. We open up to certain friends, block others. Show certain aspects of ourselves to some and different aspects to others. We also suffer from the same fatigue in real life. Some parts of our existence droop and die; newer interests, excitements come and fill the void.

    The internet only creates a semblance of difference because of the quickness/transience of the shifts. Would you agree?

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  5. @River:
    In the physical world, you have some semblance of who you are being exposed to. You can see the crowd that you face. Apart from the quickness/transience (which I agree with), that faceless, nameless online creature seeing us is what causes the walls to be stronger. Me thinks (again).

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  6. @Jules:
    Welcome to Gaizabonts!

    I doubt if it is a fad, it’s here to stay, just that right now there is too much of it. Once all things get consolidated, it will all be manageable, I guess.

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