Apr 6, 2012

This Presentation Sums Up the Issues With Twitter


If you've never heard of TED talks, it's a great opportunity to learn about it. It's basically a collection of speeches that inspire us and makes us think. Sound boring? Well go and check out their site or their podcast. You'll be amazed at how all the presenters grab the audience's attention in their speeches. I've heard it being likened to potato chips, you never get bored with it. 
I've recently subscribed to TED's podcast, and it's great. I watched this one episode that made me really think, and here it is. It's a bit long, but I'm pretty sure you'll not be looking back at the 19 minutes thinking it wasn't worth the time.
(if you're on a smartphone and can't look at it, try searching "Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?" on the web or on the iTunes store)
Well, what did you think? I think I'm not much of a Twitter addict, but I still spend way too much time on the Net. Now that I've listened to her speech, I want to find ways to make time on the Internet worthwhile.

I think of all those people on the trains, tapping out on their smartphones, and I usually bet they're on Twitter, and most of the time I'm right. (FB isn't that popular yet in Japan.) They're afraid of being isolated from their "friends" who they probably have never even met, and so they want to know what they're doing, up to the milliseconds. 
It sounds extremely unhealthy, and I bet it is too. 

If you or your friends fit some of her description of a "connectivity addict", @mention the link to them- on Twitter, where else?

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