medium

I use a variety of media to not communicate. I can ignore you in ways I never could ignore you before.

In the old days, I could just not send you a letter. (Okay, before that I could have not painted you a painting on the wall of the cave, but I wanted to keep it to the last millennium or two).  More recently, I could not send you a cable, or I could not call you.

Now, I can not IM you, not contact you through facebook, not tweet, not send a text message, not comment on flickr or on your blog or on your comment on my blog. I can not jaiku. I can not email you. I can not keep up on your wiki or reply to your seesmic or your DM.

I can be rude or insensitive or cold or ignorant in ways that could have never been imagined in previous generations. In the old days, my Swedish grandfathers were just taciturn. Everyone thought they were wise. Now, they would be uncommunicative.

My current challenge is significant because I am trying to figure out how to connect with a whole new physical community. I am realizing that the sheer volume of possible connections (number of people multiplied by number of mediums) is overwhelming my ability to keep current.

The temptation is to resort to broadcasting. For me, this blog is one way of such broadcasting. It’s a way to let people in all of my worlds know that I know that you and I and all of us are in trouble. We want to connect more than we ever have. We have more means than we ever have. We have access to more individuals than we ever have.

And more than ever, we are feeling kind of…medium.

2 responses to “medium

  1. Is this broadcasting? I don’t think so.

    I think you’re using the medium available to you to reach a lot of people and say hi, I’m still here, I’m waving at you, yes *you*, I’m still interested in you, and I’m working some things out.

    I can hear you in your words.

    It’s not broadcasting as negatively defined.

    I don’t think we’re in trouble. I think we’re uniquely blessed to have the freedom and the opportunity to connect with each other across airwaves, continents, time zones to find people who share similar ideas, hopes and desires in ways our forefathers couldn’t have dreamed of.

    Don’t worry about us. We’re all still here and we know you are too.

    Joanna

  2. ah, joanna. I understand.

    however, there is, at least for me, a big struggle. Even in the old days, the choice between channels could be a challenge for me, particularly with the differences in the expectation of speed of response, of intimacy, of certainty of delivery.

    Of course, it could be a thing in my head.

    And thank you for waving back.