Does the blog conversation replace good old face to face conversation? How do face book, twitter and other social networks line up? This has been a much asked question. And I so don’t have all the answers. Especially not taking into light what happened in Egypt. But much has been written about it. I find stuff written around it but no answers.
Remember those 1970 and 1980 self-help books? We all read them. They were best sellers in the day. Supposedly they were to improve our relationships and make our love life more fulfilling. They claimed if we knew ourselves our lives would be richer. What happened to that? I know for a while we saw those relationships reborn on our TV shows.
The internet replaced those relationships. Face book makes you think you have close friends. But the reality of it is you don’t post on face book what you can say in person. Email became the new phone. Now instead of making a phone call one emails. Twitter replaces the idea that one’s interests are really interesting to others. You must have a hefty following so that at least some would be interested in your tweets. We all hunger for connection. But that stuff doesn’t really satisfy. One can’t make life long friends over twitter. At least I don’t think so. And I think that is why I love blogging so. I wrote about how I love the connection the blogging community gives you in a earlier post. And I wonder if it replaces face to face relationships.
I confess I don’t know the people on my street. Granted I live in the country and can’t even see my closest neighbor from my house. The only time I see my neighbors is after a snow storm and we are digging our cars out.
Recently after a snow, I ran into another neighbor whom I hadn’t seen since last year about this time. He started gossiping about the others neighbors and showed how little he really knew them. This also made me sad. And when I tried to say good-bye he wouldn’t let me leave. He was trying to extend what little connection we had.
Even my very next door neighbor who shares our driveway will leave a note on the door without knocking. Are we so worried about ‘bothering’ the other or are we so afraid of reaching out that we live in our own isolated world?
It looks like people are doing computer stuff rather than talking to their neighbors.
What do you think? Does social networking replace real networking? Does the blogosphere replace real people talking to one another? Comments welcome.
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