I’ve been thinking that one of the biggest problems of our current ‘information age’ is the illusion that you can live a global life. You wake up, open your browser and read about what happened in Japan. You check the stock market and realize that there is a supply issue with China’s rare earths exports. You check the sports page in Brazil and see that your favorite team lost. Better go check on how the Caps did on that playoff game in NY. Right after you check the the latest news on the Lybian war of course.
It is easy to start living this life that is not really real. Everything is so large in scope that it becomes just a distraction. Not saying these are not important things but at the end of the day that is not your life. What is your impact on any of these faraway circunstances? It just makes you feel completely powerless because well, at that level you really are. Or maybe this makes some people feel super powerful and creates the illusion that you can actually ‘change the world’ by reading about it?
In anycase, the main problem with all of that is that your ‘local’ life still goes on. All that phisically surrounds you: your family, your work, how many times you work out everyweek, those 2h of sleep you just never managed to catch up. You know the name of all Supreme Court Justices but not of your neighbors.
This is the main drawback of having all this information at the tip of your fingers. It mixes up ‘serious entertainment’ and real life in a way that is sometimes hard to tell. It’s feature creep taken to a whole new level (this probably makes sense only to IT people, sorry).
All of that just to say that I am on vacation for the next few days. Someone else please take care of all those things I just mentioned. I am out!