Nov 30, 2009


“I know the whole Twitter/Facebook social-networking revolution is supposed to transform the way we communicate with each other. But for the most part it looks to me like just another way to avoid human interaction while tossing out meaningless tidbits of minutiae.

“I admit to coming at this from a certain bias. Maybe it’s age, or the complete lack of desire to be held prisoner by another electronic device — or app or site or whatever — but I have absolutely no interest in knowing where people are and what they’re doing at all times. You’re in the supermarket and can’t believe the price of asparagus — fine. Leave me out of it. I have no interest in being given 140-character opinions or observations or updates — even from people I know and like.” -- ESPN writer Tim Keown
This is simply not true. People keep saying this about Twitter but it's not true. People do want to know this stuff. I sit on the subway for 40 minutes a day and this is the kind of thing people talk about all the time. Today was all about what people had for Thanksgiving dinner and how it was and "oh what about this weather" and "can you believe the long weekend is over" stuff.
Person 1: "$5.99 for a bunch of asparagus. Are they kidding me?"

Person 2: "Highway robbery"

Person 1: "Who do they think they are?"

Person 2: "I think Goldman Sachs is behind it. Speculation. Running the price of asparagus up."
This is all people talk about ever. You never hear people going on about Chavez and the long term effects he will have on Venezuela or what the inflationary implications are for the Fed printing so much money. We talk about the price of asparagus. Sure we bring up Chavez for a few sentences and then we're right back to asparagus prices.

I wish people would stop saying they don't care what their friends have for breakfast. We deeply deeply care. Get over your elitist self. Our daily interactions with people are borne from this kind of minutiae.

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