Friday, August 31, 2012

The Contemptuous Catalyst


I have long marveled at how technology through the recent decades has improved the way that people of the world communicate with each other. On a personal level, and I'm sure most people would have observed the same, I have experienced how accessible it is to drop a hi, hello, or a well-meant gesture to a friend as if we were just across-the-street neighbors.

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Along with the benefits of better accessibility to people's activities, ideas, and opinions 24/7, with the Internet as the medium, is the chance that we would be tempted to draw conclusions or speculations as to how people perceive us or how we think we are perceived by them and as to how we perceive others or how they think we perceive them. 

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The limited personal interaction (through virtual symbols, memes, words, messages, videos, pictures and sounds) when we involve technology as the  instrument promoting/corroding our relationships with others, while indeed enhances our capabilities to do so, ironically also represents a permanent virtual persona that too often seems to just linger when people turn on their computers and go online. And in this line of thinking, I had to say this to myself: So...familiarity does breed contempt...or is it indifference?

I simply had to share these extremely interesting articles on the subject: Familiarity Breeds Contempt, penned by some author (I can't seem to find the name):



Ultimately, if we (the Netizens) have online personas that have access to virtual locations most people have as well, do we feel a bit more one with the world or do we feel even more isolated? Do we feel contempt for people who we know in the flesh/IRL (in real life..., yes this is an Internet acronym), but who we are also getting too familiar with or are treating us quite indifferently in a stranger-ridden Interweb?

But...who really cares anyway, right?

There are always strangers in Youtube anyone can laugh WITH or...okay, laugh AT.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMs0KzulkAo&feature=player_embedded
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JNVuVb9jR7Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mwQf0F2imXM

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