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The Modern Buttons of the Digital People.

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 22/07/2010

I was writing last week [en, blog] about the difference between experiencing communication dissipation by living it or rather then by wasting it.

Digital people always have a fast track button to push for “:) fun :)”, and when that is missing, they have sleep. They are never alone. They always have all kinds of drugs available – as like for interpersonal communication have “add”, “invite”, “follow”, “delete”, “ignore” and “unsubscribe” buttons. I have always been absolutely fascinated with this digital people’s addiction to buttons.

Aren’t you terrified by the urge of constantly checking you e-mail accounts, tweet streams, face wall, phone log, call messages, sms inbox, offline YM?

I was always curious to get informed from somewhere on the way people from previous centuries instantly communicated, before the XXth century. I would like to know, for example, if they also faced these cruelties, of pending, tranferring, call holding, line jamming, broadband connection breaking. Why do we suffer based on the indicators of our online status? Why does the rythm of out tweets become the rhytm of our hearts? Isn’t it unbelievably uncommon this meta-structure communication, this dettachement from the essence of the emitter, this transformation of oneself into an avatar[en, wiki]?

If you have enjoyed this article, it is likely you will enjoy the rest of this paraphrase [en, blog]


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