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July 6, 2009

For folks who use it, you can find me @kloncke.

I’ll be updating regarding the blog posts, so people know what’s hap’nin here.  I still have my reservations about the tool, mainly because I think it encourages extreme identification with thinking and doing at the expense of being and presence.  The only way to tweet while being fully present would be to type something like, “I am typing the t key now the h key now the e key on my twitter.”  And even that doesn’t cut it.  You feel me?  You can only really tweet about something you just did or something you’re going to do, both of which only exist in your mind (memory or projection), not in deeper reality.  You can’t tweet about what you are doing right now.  Impossible.

On the other hand, like TV, I think that if used wisely and cautiously, it can be helpful.

Tweet, tweet!  Modernity.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 8, 2009 9:29 pm

    I hear ya on the above. I appreciate twitter for more of the network/communication aspect. For example, now that you are on twitter, I will be more in touch with when you post on this site and stuff! I also communicate with and keep updated on the daily activities/thoughts of people I am close to (both from discrete status updates and direct messages/replies). Of course, substituting 140 digital character communication for physical human interaction is… Anyway, totally agree about wise and cautious use. HUGS!

  2. Oh, please. permalink
    July 9, 2009 1:45 pm

    Here’s are some tweets:

    “I am tapping my foot right now.”

    “I am smoking a cigarette.”

    “I am typing with one hand and masturbating with the other.” (perhaps that’s how this blog is written?)

  3. July 9, 2009 3:10 pm

    Hi, OP. Welcome. I sense that you’re annoyed. If you feel like it, try taking a few conscious breaths and just being still. When the irritation subsides, we’ll be able to hear each other better.

    I see what you’re saying here, but I think you missed my point. First of all, even though folks do sometimes use twitter to announce what they’re doing in real time, more often they use it to say where they’re going, where they’re coming from, what they just did, what they’re about to do, or what they’re thinking/feeling. So even though it’s certainly possible to twitter an action while performing it, as far as I’ve seen that’s not how most folks use the tool.

    Second, and more importantly, like I said, fundamentally it doesn’t matter if you can type about something you’re doing simultaneously. My point has to do with the basic difference between, as I said, “thinking and doing” versus “being and presence.” Basically, it’s impossible to type about something while giving it your full, undivided attention. You can’t be 100% fully present with an activity while you’re also twittering about it. Go ahead, try it. Be completely focused, immersed, and mindful with your masturbation, and then tweet it at the same time. You’ll see what I mean. ;)

    Now, does the emphasis on doing/thinking over being/awareness make twitter bad? Naw. I just sense the danger in spending our lives broadcasting where we are instead of being where we are.

    (Said the blogger, haha. ;) )

    Do you see what I mean, even if you don’t agree?

    Hope you’re feeling better.

    love,

    katie

  4. July 9, 2009 3:47 pm

  5. July 9, 2009 3:49 pm

    YES! hahaha Kyle I adore you.

  6. July 11, 2009 1:35 pm

    I do understand your post, and I am not typically a troll. What I am getting at, more than anything, is this blog as a whole seems to me to be more an exercise in narcissism than anything.

    I see someone who so desperately wants others to see her as intelligent and relevant that what she writes is crafted to project the image of intellectualism rather than consisting of genuine, original observations, and I see them coming from a perspective that is so enclosed in ego that the ability to recognize the ubiquitously preexisting nature of those ideas has been lost, resulting in obnoxious, condescending mannerisms.

    You can accept this observation or reject it (as I imagine will probably be the case) but a teaspoon of humility goes a lot further than a bucket of pseudo-intellectualism.

  7. July 11, 2009 3:52 pm

    You could use a bit of that humility you speak of, OP. Friend, we should check ourselves before we criticize others.

    “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

    “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

  8. July 13, 2009 5:13 am

    Hi OP,

    Well, I’m sorry you feel that way about the blog as a whole. Constructive criticism is always welcome here, and I actually think there’s something in what you’re saying. Trying to unlearn a lot of the writing habits I picked up at school and on political blogs (i.e. jargon; arrogance; snark) — well, it’s a process. And I’m finding that it’s harder than I expected to post genuinely friendly responses to sad or anxious-sounding comments without coming across as condescending, unfeeling, or tone-deaf.

    However. Generalized negativity ain’t my bag. This space is important to me and I would like to keep it free of rudeness pollution. If you can offer your criticisms in a way that stems from respect and a genuine desire to help, I’ll be glad to welcome your comments here; otherwise, I’m just going to moderate them out of the thread.

    There are so, so many magnificent blogs out there — why waste your time on one that just annoys you? I hope you find lots of others that speak to your aims and leave you feeling happy.

    :) peace.

    @kkrahel, rock that Bible knowledge. ;)
    Re: your first comment, now that I’ve had the chance to try Twitter, I see what you mean abt connection…and another important advantage is defintiely the jokes. Funny tweeps = day brightener.

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