Somewhere in New Mexico, 2013

April 27, 2022

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Alan Ralph
1 year ago

I joined Twitter for a time from 2009-2011, then again from 2013-2014. Both times I ended up quitting because of the sheer information overload and the amount of my time it gobbled up. I’ve thought recently about whether I’d go back, but honestly I can’t think of any good reason for subjecting myself to that place.

These days I blog and hang out in a few places (Micro.blog, Discord, Second Life) as well as following blogs (including yours) in NetNewsWire on my Mac and iPhone. It’s a less frenetic pace, and for the most part a more meaningful experience. But even now I get the occasional twinge to refresh and see if anything new has come in.

(Funnily enough, I’ve (re)discovered a lot of music through the stuff you’ve embedded in your blog posts, so thanks for that.)

Ash Collins
1 year ago

I’ve been subjecting myself constantly to twitter since 2008. I can’t say that you’re wrong. And that new tab twitter twitch, holy hell that’s a real thing

Michael
1 year ago

There’s a good discussion to be had (and we’re having it!) over why we even need social media.

I often think back to my lonely teenage days in Louisiana, sending out mail art and letters to addresses found in Factsheet Five or the back of Maximum Rock N Roll. I was addicted to my P.O. box then — the highlight of each day was pulling the ‘zines and envelopes out of the tiny slot. That was my way of finding the others.

But, rather than looking at that as a primer for social media, I look at it as indisputable evidence that alternatives exist and have always existed. And there are so many ways to ‘find the others.’ As an example, I didn’t find you through social media — I encountered Atlas Minor via blog recommendations and my RSS reader.

That social media is intrinsic is one of those great tricks the devil’s pulling on us, The others are out there regardless, itching to be found.

Michael
1 year ago

A wise observation from Ryan Broderick in the Garbage Day newsletter re: this experiment:

Modern social platforms have learned that compressing our internet experience at the expense of our sanity means we use their products longer, thus making them more money… For a lot of people, regardless of political affiliation, websites that run on centralized feeds of content, whether it’s algorithmic like Facebook or Instagram or chronological like Twitter and Tumblr, are inherently alienating… For the last decade, researchers, journalists, and politicians have devoted a countless amount of energy to figuring out how the internet is radicalizing us, but what if it’s not the algorithms or the extremist groups, what if it’s just the feed? What if we just aren’t meant to consume an endless stream of content all jammed together into one place?

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