It intensifies the fragmentation and superficiality of our information landscape and hence knowledge. It encourages the compartmentalization of our experiences. It will condition us to receive information in bite sized chunks and provide further distraction to the here and now. We reduce our entire universe into a ‘twitter’, one of many, all jostling and hoping to be noticed, each more cleverer, or wittier or funnier than your last or some other person’s one. It creates more distance than it draws people truly closer. Some may say that the same could be said of status messages on messengers. I disagree. The difference is that in the latter, you can chat the other person up and interact thus learning more about them. In twitter there is no such opportunity.
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Fahri Azzat practices the dark arts of the law. Although he enjoys writing and reading, he doesn't enjoy writing his own little biographies of himself. Like this one. He wished somebody else would do it for him. He has little taste in writing about himself in third person. He feels weird doing it. But the part he finds most tedious is having to pad up the lack of his accomplishments, or share some interesting facts about his rather uneventful life, as if there were some who found that oh-so-interesting; as if he were some famous person, like Michael Jackson. When he writes these biographies, the thought, 'Wei, Jangan Perasaan- ah!' lights up in his head. So he usually just lists what he got involved with, positions he held and blah, blah. But this time. Right here. Right this very moment. Uhuh. This one. This one right here. He's finally telling it like it is.
Posted on 23 April 2009.
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