Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Twitter This

I have to say, I'm not a fan of Twitter. In particular, there's one thing that keeps annoying me about this site:

Who actually has enough free time on their hands to follow a stream of celebrity and non-celebrity updates from day to day?

Social media continues to evolve, but just because we can post our every action of every waking second doesn't mean we should. Twitter is narcissism at its worst. And I can't speak much better about its devoted followers.

When you think about it, it doesn't seem right that Twitter stole a popular feature from Facebook and made it its own. The thing is, status updates on Facebook are great because that's not the only thing you use Facebook for. But with Twitter, you're limited to posting banalities like "At Central Park" or "This bar sucks." WHO NEEDS TO KNOW THAT? Who cares?! Like boring blog posts, these are glorified text messages, but Twitter fails where text messages succeed.

Speaking of texts, isn't it amazing how hardly anyone answers their phone anymore? The texting phenomenon has truly revolutionized how we communicate. When you miss a call, people don't even bother leaving messages, because what's the point? No one wants to spend one minute calling their voicemail and waiting to hear what you had to say, only to call you back (or text you, which they could have done in the first place). We rely on texting more than ever simply because it's a quick, asynchronous way to get the information we need.

These days, the less engaged, the better.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

There Is a God

First, Chinese Democracy. Now, The State on DVD!!!

Apparently there's a 15-year wait on anything cool that began in 1993.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Celebrity Sighting #7

A few weeks ago in the Hamptons, we were walking in the small town of Sag Harbor when my brother remarked "That was Matt Lauer." I turned to look behind me, and it checked out (even though I couldn't see his face). He was with his son, just walking along the sidewalk, enjoying the beautiful day.

I immediately recognized the coincidence in the Ohio University t-shirt I was wearing, which is where Matt attended college. I thought it would've been cool if he'd noticed, but then again, it was just Matt Lauer.