05 February 2010

Twitterfication

As Internet culture has grown, we’ve come to romanticize certain kinds of unmediated, old-fashioned “human” interactions. But this fantasy ignores how much of normal social interaction is fleeting, bite-size, instant, tweetlike. Humans have always talked to each other via a kind of analog Twitter. These new technologies just get us there with maximum efficiency. Meeting a new person is thrilling, in a primal way—your attention focuses completely, if only for a nanosecond, to see if the creature in front of you has the power to change your life for better or worse.

Read more: Is ChatRoulette the Future of the Internet or Its Distant Past? -- New York Magazine http://nymag.com/news/media/63663/index1.html#ixzz0eicpG7tp
Very insightful. Many people these days complain about how Twitter and Facebook and the likes are making human interaction less...well, "human". I've not really agreed with this idea, and the idea presented above is why. Just because the interaction isn't face-to-face doesn't make it any less "real". Read the article, it's very interesting.