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The Web 2.0 Guy I Ain't
I've been using the Internet since 1995. Many of the
"hip and cool" features that have emerged (and vanished) since then have
never lured me for various reasons. Here's a non-conclusive list of Web stuff I
sharing. "File sharing" is a nice euphemism for piracy that
dates back to the dot com era. I'm not a prude. Copyright violation is not
something I endorse or practice but that's not why I abstain from this
feature. Rather, the two main reasons for abstaining from file sharing are
a) I can afford myself spending $10 on a CD which always sounds
better than a compressed 128kbps wma file. b) File sharing is one of the
biggest security and privacy threats on the Internet. Thanks, but no
Life and Web-based games in general. I find it a huge waste of time. My
First Life somehow interests me more.
MySpace and social networks in general. Again, a huge waste of time, and
absolutely no added value. In addition, it's a serious privacy risk and
most of all -- a concept I abhor. Just because 2,000 spammers are listed
in my Friends list doesn't really make them my friends, nor does it make
me more socially connected.
and micro-blogs in general. I bet the whole word is holding its breath for
my mundane updates :"had dinner at a dull restaurant",
"watched the Big Brother/American Idol/The Moment of Truth again last
night. Boring!" etc. etc. In short, twitter is for bored narcissists
(not that there's anything wrong with that!) -- not for me.
other boggers' posts. Call me a cave man but I still find a full-blown
article (not to mention books) written by a reputable publicist or a
professional authority a more valuable and profitable means of acquiring
and photo sharing sites. It's a combination of 1, 3 and perhaps 4 above. I
have nothing against this concept but I rarely bother to carry my camera
with me to trips. Instead of concentrating on photography, I prefer to
focus my attention on the trip itself.
Messaging. I used ICQ in the late 1990s for a short time until that cheeky
application started to download ads into my computer. I decided to give ICQ
the heave-ho and have never looked back since. IM is great if you're bored
and spend your life tethered to your computer monitor. Otherwise, it's a
huge waste of time and a wonderful way to get irritated by incessant
and other free phone applications. I still can spare a few pence for
making real phone call every once in awhile. Besides, I hate the ads and
myself. I have absolutely nothing personal against myself:)
It's just that I don't want to know how many pirated copies of my books
exist out there, and I don't have the time or the inclination to read
thousands of pages that mention my name -- whatever they have to say about
me. In fact, if you've reached this point of my post, my advice is:
don't! Don't Google yourself. It's time consuming and besides, you might
find some nasty comments left by anonymous users.
The concept could somehow work, but again, if you can't do it properly,
and I mean, a full-blown studio production, with makeup, lighting, setting
and editing -- don't even bother. It's one thing to read your guru's
enlightening article. It's a completely different thing to see his
flickering image in a poorly lit room, jotting indecipherable nonsense on
a tottery whiteboard, uttering long "ummm"s and
"errrm"s in between and having his glasses dazzle you with a
reflection from the camera. Sorry, if you want my time and attention, make
your podcast a worthwhile investment -- turn into a BROADcast!
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