Burning brightly little stars

Tuesday, 28. July 2009

(Copied from my post on Ecademy – this was a set of statements and questions to them, not to you; please comment – I think it’s a serious insight.)

I’m being burned by the brilliance of so many brightly perfect radiating stars. That’s what online networking has done: it has polished, sharpened, brightened and rendered more abrasive what used to be called the “personality” so that now one seems to be locked into a dream-world with entities who are more than human, more than brands even – so clever, so organised, so wise, so “solutions driven”, so planned, so witty, so neat looking – that it hurts to be around them.

That’s what has happened in the last 3-4 years. We are changing what it means to be a person as we transmit our carefully fashioned words and images across cyberspace and have them picked up, redoubled, dumped on the screens of imaginary “contacts” who are all doing the same thing. Can you remember a time when your ego didn’t have the tools to feed a vast imaginary audience, when a few jokes and and a slight nervous tick was all you had in social situations, before you became a superhero…

Such a contrast when you actually meet people in “real life”.

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