Saturday, September 18, 2010

The world is flat and I have fallen off it's edge

I have not written here since June, it seems. I have thought of it, the way that one thinks about cleaning the closet or calling a relative that one is not close with. The thought passes. The idea that all this blogging, facebooking, twittering, etc is narcissistic has been coming back to mind. I still maintain that if you use it as a communications tool like all other mediums (like television and radio) it can be useful. I know people who use this medium to share organised, interesting, purposeful content. And if they were to suddenly be on TV or radio they would still be just as engaging. But would I broadcast on channel twelve that my kid said something cute today? Would I go on the radio to rant about cheese or parking meters? Probably not. I am not anyone of note and have no specific interest to focus on therefore what I say holds little relevance for the greater public and it comes down to that - the greater public. This is a public forum and I am broadcasting. But I do not deem what I am broadcasting to be relevant. So I have not posted.
So until I find something relevant to broadcast this channel will go dark.

1 comment:

Claire Roberts said...

I have two bits: Bit one, regarding narcissism. Now that I'm a grown up and have done buckets of work with an incredible psychologist, I have a really clear understanding of narcissism, as I am the child of a real one. Most of us have a healthy fear of narcissism... it makes us check ourselves to make sure we're still connected to others, and the world. Our western mythos encourages self-awareness, personal expression, and independence - all things that scare us into thinking we're being narcissistic. But there's really a huge difference. I'd be very happy to talk to you about that sometime... because trust me, you're not narcissistic. Consider your idea to be your healthy check-in.
Bit two, is regarding your relevance.
You are relevant to me, and I read this channel because I love you, and we are far away. I love the little window into your real life that it affords me, the window into your feelings, your accomplishments, and your questions.
If you stop broadcasting, I will miss you.