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Old 07-01-2011, 06:09 AM   #16
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Isn't scepticism about social media, for those of us in our mid to late thirties or forties, partially a generational thing? I'm closer to forty than thirty at this stage and I tend to think of sites like Facebook and Twitter as kids' stuff. When I hear of politicians setting up Twitter accounts to reach out to 'the youth' or whatever, my opinion of them tends to go downhill. I looked at Twitter a few times, and it seemed to be the most immature garbage to me.

I've never understood why people would want to broadcast to the world just how boring they are. I try to keep my own boringness to myself.
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Old 07-01-2011, 08:57 AM   #17
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I actively try to avoid the company of people that I don't consider intelligent or interesting. I find it easier to forgive pretentiousness than dullness
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I have a low boredom threshhold, so if someone bores me, I will not relate to them for very long. If I keep in some kind of contact with you, you can be absolutely assured that I don't find you boring.
It never occured to me think of people as boring before. I suppose there are some people that I just end up not talking to very much, because they don't have much to say, but I don't think I've ever thought about it consciously. Truth be told, I think I am a bit narcissistic in that I tend to feel that my life is pretty interesting (even though in fact it might not be). Not narcissistic enough to post what I had for breakfast on Twitter, but narcissistic enough to keep a blog!

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Isn't scepticism about social media, for those of us in our mid to late thirties or forties, partially a generational thing? I'm closer to forty than thirty at this stage and I tend to think of sites like Facebook and Twitter as kids' stuff. When I hear of politicians setting up Twitter accounts to reach out to 'the youth' or whatever, my opinion of them tends to go downhill. I looked at Twitter a few times, and it seemed to be the most immature garbage to me.

I signed up for Twitter in order to hear an advance preview of the latest single by Mat Kearney. He's currently the only person I follow. I decided it use Twitter to record all the funny things my son says, but I currently have only three followers (his two grandmothers and some guy I don't know from Taiwan--which is a little weird) I'm fine with it though, I never felt a great need to follow or be followed.

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Then again, try explaining to your parents that some of your favorite people to discuss social and political issues with are anonymous fans of some rock band on some internet forum!
Yeah, my wife STILL finds my whole Interference thing a little hard to comprehend.
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:04 AM   #18
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Interesting thread!

I find that the only people who get this whole Interference thing are the others on here. I find I am myself on here, but not as shy as I am normally. I too have had the opportunity to meet people that I have had the change to get to know through Interference and it has been great. It is like meeting someone you already know, so there is no awkwardness. That is what makes the U2 shows so much fun now. Yes, I love the band, but at this point, it is meeting fellow fans that is really exciting. When you count down the number of days until you meet someone in lieu of counting down to the actual concert (which quite a few of us are doing for Montreal), it makes the trips that much more memorable!

Just my . I'm usually pretty quiet in this area of the forum.
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Old 07-01-2011, 10:59 AM   #19
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When it comes to Twitter and blogging, I'm the opposite of many in this thread. I don't keep a blog about my thoughts and my daily life, but I do like to post on Twitter. I'm not a Twitter addict, but I do enjoy following other people and organizations (particularly news, novelists and art organizations) and sometimes they can be quite funny! If I do post something on Twitter, I try to make it memorable in hopes of it being retweeted or having a total stranger respond. I know that sounds weird and narcissistic, but I find it exciting.
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Interesting thread!

Yes, I love the band, but at this point, it is meeting fellow fans that is really exciting. When you count down the number of days until you meet someone in lieu of counting down to the actual concert (which quite a few of us are doing for Montreal), it makes the trips that much more memorable!
No FYM regulars (beyond Lies) going to the Chicago this time--or if they are they're not talking about it. I don't know anyone over at the Chicago thread. Well, there is U2isthebest, but she hasn't been around here in ages.

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When it comes to Twitter and blogging, I'm the opposite of many in this thread. I don't keep a blog about my thoughts and my daily life, but I do like to post on Twitter. I'm not a Twitter addict, but I do enjoy following other people and organizations (particularly news, novelists and art organizations) and sometimes they can be quite funny! If I do post something on Twitter, I try to make it memorable in hopes of it being retweeted or having a total stranger respond. I know that sounds weird and narcissistic, but I find it exciting.
I'd be interested in following some of the funny Twitter posters, if I knew who they were. Let me know if you have any recommendations.
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My Facebook is hopelessly lame, but if people don't like it they don't have to read it or can de-friend me. I use it mostly for dog stuff. Many dog breeders (especially those with high quality dogs that are very competitive in performance and working venues) have blogs and like to keep up with how their dogs are doing, and other people with dogs from the same litters become friends. Facebook basically does that for us. Pan's breeder doesn't use a blog, she just hooks us up as friends on Facebook. My dog training club no longer uses our website or a blog, we use Facebook groups. Most of my posts probably make zero sense to all but two dozen people but I am not typically using Facebook as a popularity contest or for deep reflections. I used Facebook maybe once every three months up until about six months ago and wouldn't care less if my account was delete except it seems to be the easiest method handling dog events, keeping people updated, an putting people in touch so I finally gave in. I can't really text on my phone (well I can but I don't have a keyboard) and I have several friends that can't answer calls b/c of their low signal, but prefer to get texts and check their FB on their phone religiously so I've started using the FB messaging quite a bit.

We're also using it for work now so I have to use it for that as well.

I do not upload content to Facebook (I only share things as links) because I don't want them to have content that I own, and I've had issues in the past with people stealing and misrepresenting themselves. I've filed several DMCA violations through Facebook and they have always been handled promptly and in my favor.
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Old 07-01-2011, 02:10 PM   #22
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I'd be interested in following some of the funny Twitter posters, if I knew who they were. Let me know if you have any recommendations.
There's the TheOnion and the Daily Show, both of which gives me the giggles during a boring day at work. Then there's Jaime Rodriguez, who I believe is from Interference, but I don't know his screenname. But he's hysterical when he makes fun of pop culture, the weather, news events. Its amazing what he comes up with.

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All this mix of rain/sun/rain/sun has me looking like Rod Blagojevich' + Snookie's lovechild

Like last time U2 played in this stadium (Popmart) the rain is pouring. Should have worn my Julia Roberts' Pretty Woman Prostitute boots
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Also there are some accounts that poke fun at journalists and other news business people. But I think you have to work in the field to really get what they're saying.
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Old 07-01-2011, 11:38 PM   #23
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I tend to think of sites like Facebook and Twitter as kids' stuff. When I hear of politicians setting up Twitter accounts to reach out to 'the youth' or whatever, my opinion of them tends to go downhill. I looked at Twitter a few times, and it seemed to be the most immature garbage to me.
To be honest, blame the content and participants, not the delivery mechanism.

Twitter is an incredible tool if used correctly: finding timely, relevant information about a current, almost instantaneous ongoing event.

Radio was an amazing innovation for its time, but is mostly now comprised of the traffic on the twos and morning zoo crew.

Most anything is crap if you take a birds-eye, aggregate view of it.
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I'd be interested in following some of the funny Twitter posters, if I knew who they were. Let me know if you have any recommendations.
I really like @JoshSneed and @FakeAPStylebook

Josh Sneed is comedian with a dry, odd, but everyman-type sense of humor.

Fake AP Stylebook is for grammar wonks who love to laugh at writing rules and such.
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I've been pretty damn image conscious for the last five years. My younger self was socially awkward and that reputation basically followed me throughout high school. I was too high strung about the things I thought I cared about and too loud and in-your-face when I had an opinion on something. In some ways I was nerdy. Mostly I just totally lacked self-awareness. Recognizing what people thought of me made me much more self-aware. I think in the last five years I've really made a concerted effort to change the image I project. I always try to project myself as someone who takes nothing too seriously, and ironically I'm extremely serious about that projection getting out. I know it's probably not healthy to overthink things that much. But it's where I am in my life right now. I'm sure there will come a time when I want to be more honest emotionally, because I've never really found anyone I can open up to about anything. But hey, I'm young, right? I can still get away with it in my early 20s. That's what I'd say to myself if I ever found myself confronted with the reality. Even as I write this, it feels detached. Nothing will truly sink in. I'll certainly think about it again, and yet, it won't phase me at all.

I guess the best way I can summarize what I'm thinking is: I don't know who I am, but I'm not sure that it even matters.
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I think I'm pretty much the exact same in person.... probably a bit more guarded with people I dont know in person at first, but that goes away fairly quickly. I don't readily volunteer information about myself, but don't really hide anything either. You can get just about anything out of me if you simply ask.
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I've never understood why people would want to broadcast to the world just how boring they are. I try to keep my own boringness to myself.
Maybe in most cases they're embellishing their lives in order to make them seem less boring. Or it's as if once you tweet or post anything it's supposed to be fascinating just because you have lots of friends or followers. I don't get it, it just seems so high school to me. And so sad when it takes over someone's life. Some people don't know how to live a non internet life or how to communicate face to face. And I just want to haul off and punch people who can't even watch a movie in a movie theater without texting or tweeting or whatever they're doing.

My life is boring, I don't care who knows it and I don't feel the need to pretend otherwise. If that makes me a boring person, well That's the great thing about getting older, you care less and less about what others think or say about you. Everything else sucks ass, but that's great.
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:31 PM   #28
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I just think there is a certain narcissism. Usually by boring, I mean the idea that someone would be fascinated by somebody else's minutia. Internet game scores, stream of consciousness on everything. I couldn't imagine why anyone would care to hear my minutia or my every waking thought. Shit, I don't even care what I think about most things. Then again, I'm getting to the age where I'm protective of my time. If a book doesn't catch my interest, I don't read it.

I would read your tweets, Mrs. S.
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I would read your tweets, Mrs. S.
You're the only one

Yes I think it's narcissism too. I think it breeds narcissism, and just brings it out in people who have plenty of it already. I think all of it dries up your motivation to do other things too, I know it does for me and I have to watch that. It's just so easy to escape and avoid.
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i've been thinking about this thread and really don't know how to answer. i feel like i'm very honest in here, sometimes a bit too honest, but then i'll also take positions or propose a hypothesis that isn't really something i agree with or live out in my real life.

i'd say you're getting a very honest look at my thoughts in real time as i wrestle with new things and often defend long held convictions, but maybe not of who i really "am" because it's impossible to get that across on a forum about (mostly) political issues. i think my personality does come across in here, but i think there's a tendency to let emotions or responses be a bit exaggerated because you don't have to deal with interpersonal reactions. that might make us a bit more rude to each other than we'd be in real life where we're trained (usually) to find points of commonality and exhibit respectful disagreement, but maybe that means we're getting a more honest reaction in here. then, at the same time, it becomes very hard to resist a quick "slam" should the opportunity arise. i think that's the nature of written debate -- and it's been around for centuries. just look at what famous authors have written about each other, we're positively kind in here by comparison.

as for my everyday life, i am very polite in person, up to a point. i have been known, especially when younger, to have instigated some political arguments and been a bit needlessly aggressive, much to my embarrassment the next day, which is why i find FYM such a good outlet for such things. as you get older, i think intense argument over politics isn't something anyone really wants to deal with in the way that you wanted to as an undergraduate. i've learned to calmly explain my position, and quite coherently, thanks to the thinking i do in here. but i now avoid politics almost altogether in everyday life, and when i do discuss them, i try very hard not to be confrontational. which has taken some work, i admit.

all that said, when i do allude to my life, i think there's a natural tendency to put one's best foot forward, to a degree. there are things (usually negative things) i don't talk about in here because i frankly don't feel comfortable. but i will say that i am mostly quite pleased with my "real" life -- i have a fast paced, exciting, stressful, exhausting, rewarding job that often tests my own boundaries and morals, but it also opens up a huge world of people and experiences that i wouldn't have otherwise. my relationship is pretty much as described in here, though it's obviously far more complicated than i could ever explain in a few sentences. and i feel as if it's very important, as a sexual minority, to talk about that aspect of my life in order to make it more real to people who might otherwise not know a gay person in their regular life. perhaps that's some self-aggrandizement on my part, but i'd rather share too much than too little.

i facebook, but try to post things that i find funny and interesting, or maybe a picture of where i'm at, rather than "just had toast and eggs for breakfast" type stuff. i actually enjoy hearing about some of the minor details in some people's lives. it's nice to know that people are puttering along and doing the best they can and there's some happiness and joy in their lives. i'm mostly a fan of social media stuff like that.

other than that ... not sure what to say. in my journal somewhere i posted (and answered) a list of 100 questions that was kind of interesting. i could start a thread with those questions and maybe some of the regulars could answer and we could all get to know each other a bit better. just a thought.
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