I’d be curious to know how many people prefer the disengagement of online life over the place they physically occupy in the real world. It still is the real world, network theory or not.
Two threads here. First I’ve hit a wall on trying to sustain belief in the highly abstracted notion of networks being anything other than metaphor or simulation. How many steps away from living in the apparent manifestation of the universe where I can Actually kick my computer and Hurt my foot do I have to go to support something that’s only here when the electricity is working?
The second thread is I would trade activity on the net for real human contact unmediated by this damn machine (sorry folks) in a second were I a better person and more tolerant of the people I come in contact with daily.
As a new resident in an unfamiliar town the first thing I did was get very ill and fell back on contact through the net as a substitute for actual physical contacts. With out a doubt I’ve met some fabulous people who I hope to be in contact with for many years to come (or in internet years anyway, which are measured in weeks like dog years).
But none of these people are real. Only contacts that reside, I’m not sure where, as ideas of people who populate abstractions in service of metaphors and I wonder if this is some sort of cyber alienation that will come over all of us when our brains tire of this corner of the carnival?
Alternately, this could all be driven by being too far north, too far into the winter and having too many deadlines to meet.
Is it rude to wish to spend more time with real people? To stop trying to make sense of the net by inflating to a level of importance in human history when in the experience of human existance here and now has become so compelling as to be irresistible?
I propose we declare week 3 a Screw Theory and Cut Class week! Cast your role as compliant node aside and just be deliriously unconnected!