Here's something that you can do with old newspapers that might grow on you.
July 24, 2012
I have steered clear talking about Twitter since it seemed to arrive fully blown overnight, and I figured it would disappear just as fast.
I've been wrong before.
Twitter, for those that don’t, is a free service for friends, family, and co–workers to stay connected every second of the day through the exchange of quick, frequent messages of 140 characters or less, in real time.
A virtual fishbowl, as some have described it.
So you can’t have a cup of coffee, without someone tweeting, “What are you doing?” which is the only question Twitter asks. And that message can appear in every communication device you own.
Professional athletes and show biz folks are using it to share every minute detail of what they're doing to hundreds of thousands of virtual strangers, who apparently are interested.
Then there's Facebook, where all the people we have avoided over the last 20 years, have been given access and encouragement to come back into our lives.
But then how you can dislike something that has given rise to whole new careers: Twitter addiction and Facebook addiction specialists.
A recent study from Pew Internet and American Life Project has revealed that even 20-somethings can occasionally be overwhelmed by technology.
So if you wish that your phone didn't ring sometimes, you're not alone.
(Of course you don’t have to answer it. I’m working on it.)
In the early days of communication, nobody knew where anybody was.
Communication came by word of mouth:
“I think Freddie, was here, and he left.”
Six hours later Freddie shows up with an excuse where he was.
Forget long distance communication, it was impossible.
As a result, a slow and unreliable mail system came into being. People who sent letters and parcels wondered when or if what they sent got to the person they were sending it to.
The town crier read community announcements until the newspaper came along.
Now, with Twitter, instant messaging, email and cell phones, it’s impossible to stay unconnected.
George Bernard Shaw said, “The problem with communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished.”
A little birdie doesn't have to tell me that we’ll have a lively discussion. And we always know we can communicate here at the Eye.