Friday, December 04, 2009

www. implosion



Sometimes I wonder if we've all gotten so tangled up in blogging and posting content, twittering, facebooking, flickring, etc around the clock, that we are creating a virtual world we are never capable of keeping up with.. not only that, I wonder if we are all so distracted by these virtual communities that we forget to spend time away from our computers and iphones. Majority of the information feeding into the www.'s is lost and perhaps never even reaches anybody before being replaced by more content. I sometimes think perhaps the internet might just implode upon itself. Of course like many of my photo peers, I am equally tangled up in and contributing to this over-stimulation, and I'm probably not going to stop. I guess I wonder.. when does it all become too much? Is anybody else concerned about this?

4 comments:

Ian Aleksander Adams said...

totally think about it all the time. Whenever I get overwhelmed or even dissatisfied though, I just take a break from posting. Go hang out with my love or read a book or do something else. It seems hard to tear yourself away at first, and it's sad to see your stats go down when you are inactive, but people generally understand that we are human and this is not our full time job

Al said...

I think it's important to know what you want to get out of the sites/services you use.

I like seeing the process other photographs go through, that's why I read the blogs I do.

For actual inspiration nothing on the internet ever hits me like pulling The Americans or Niagara or Utatane or American Prospects from my bookshelf.

Taking a break is one possible solution. Another may be to streamline the amount of stuff you read and focus on actual interesting content. Quality not quantity.

Amy Elkins said...

Thanks guys. I do spend quite a bit of time away from it all.. and don't post nearly as much as I used to. I only follow a few other blogs... it's just that it seems between all of our online forms of visual communication/etc that things just get so regurgitated and recycled. I am concerned mostly about how this is going to effect all of us down the line.. as a whole. Not as much concerned about just the way it effects me specifically, but the future of online media and the oversaturation of digital communication/content.. including email, social networking sites, blogs, etc.

I actually counterbalance the immediacy of online communication by writing letters back and forth with several people on the west coast. It's amazing how much that slows down your thought process. I love it.

Ellen Rennard Photography said...

A Hopi friend, Victor Masayesva, Jr., explains that his friend told him that "in one of the old society ceremonial songs we were warned that one day information would speak to us from a containment--he described a square shape with his hands--informing us about distant events, things we could not possibly know, let alone understand. The disturbing conclusion from all this was that we would not asah, earn, the information." Hmmm...