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anyone got anymore?
It's definitely a sea change in the way people (mainly younger generations) conduct themselves in public. There's the stigma amongst older generations of the socially inept spod glued to a screen, but they have to take some responsibility for the media that pushes branding of the self and encourages people to think they always have to be the star of their own 24 hour reality TV show.
That's the dark side of the boom in social media, but it's something that's not going to go away, and it's not by any means a bad thing that people have this new form of always-on, interconnected media. The idea that we should all throw away our phones and appreciate the feeling of the raindrops on your face, or looking into a loved ones' eyes, or whatever isn't really going to work for anyone but the most hippy-dippy.
Look at most older couples - sitting in silence on a Sunday afternoon reading the newspaper or doing cross-stitch. There's no real difference, people just have more options to fill their downtime these days.
The benefit of being born in the 1990s is that I'm not one of these wanker kids with a pseudo-celebrity personal brand to maintain; but I'm not one of those Gary Turk wankers never shutting up about swapping your phone for a mandolin and playing Lumineers and Sons songs down at the range till sunset or whatever either.
I'm of the generation committed to sardonicism and a refusal to engage sincerely with anything. Holla at me
but it's all so cringe-inducing - --- the weird mawkish sentimentality, the nostalgia for an imagined time where everyone was nice and lovely and kind and always talked to each other, the weird self-rightenous of it all, the failed profundity, the attempted uplifting 'I'll change you life with this 5 minute video' thing
also the poetry. my god, the poetry.
"AW YES! DID YOU SEE HOW RUBBISH I AM AT BOWLING!!"
that all her pals are on their phones all the time cause she's just really boring to be around
all she does is walk around making facial expressions all the live long day
cause THAT'S social, chya
we were talking about these with #hippyhousemate once and she goes
' i've written a song like that but it's called "zombies" '
you've ordered those videos perfectly from good to bad
it's always good to read Pynchon, even though when it's only very vaguely relevant:
would like to see an updated version
100% certain if I spent less time on the internet/smart phones it would just be replaced with tv, at least internet interactive. Am worried about the effect it has had on my attention span though, completely unable to finish a book (or worse still a box set) nowadays