April 21, 2009
I think this is the main reason why I am so drawn to craft. We have become a society where the only way to reach each other is through a machine. I am finding more people can’t even hold live in-person conversations anymore. When someone isn’t instantly supported by the internet to look up proper grammar usage or any type of online fact checker, casual interactions consist of nothing more than the weather. Not like most people know facts or use proper grammar anyway. How ass backwards is it when to keep in contact with someone you must regularly check:
your home phone
your cell phone
your work phone
your home email
your work email
additional gmail, hotmail, yahoo accounts
other people’s blogs
and any other form of electronic media I may have missed (flickr, etsy, netflix, pagers?)
You tired yet?
For full disclosure, I have never been involved in online social networking I guess until now with this blog. Firstly, I hate having so much personal information already so publically available about me.
Oh, and please click to see the creepy-ness here: What Happens in Facebook.
But also, I just don’t have the time to keep up with it all. I regularly forget my mobile at home and I haven’t even memorized the number. I keep thinking, my god, what if the car broke down and I’m with the baby. I’d need it. Then I remember that I can just find the nearest 10 year old and borrow theirs. If you need me, call me at home. I’ll get the message eventually, I live there. But mostly, does someone really want to know what I am doing at every moment, really? Hey, let’s become a fan of a movie that will be forgotten about next week when that other hot new movie comes out. Or you can send me a virtual drink. A virtual drink?!! You better get me a real drink and make it a double. You really became a fan of bacon? Come on, seriously? Aren’t I conceited enough as it is with the writing of my own blog. I don’t think bloggers are conceited, by the way. I realize that for many people facebook and linkedin are invaluable tools to reconnect for personal and professional matters. But with fate, aren’t we connected with whom we are meant to be with in the absence of any other type of internet communication? Handmade is so different in a sense that there is actual human contact, even with just an item. There is energy and love put into every stitch. I miss the humaness of people. It gets lost online. With that said, I propose less computers and more knitting circles. But man, knitting takes forever. And design*sponge has this new DIY…… DOh!
And I don’t forget my phone anymore now that I made this:
I don’t know what is more (insert synonym for gay in the old sense of the word here) the fact that I have a pink motorola flip and not an iphone (and not like I really want one, cause the last thing I need is to be glued to another machine) or that I actually constructed a cell phone cozy for my pink flip phone in the shape of and Apple Iphone. I dunno. You be the judge.
And if you want to know about the apps, click on the photo. Description’s on flickr.
Otherwise, ponder the following: