Monday, 14 April 2008

Become a Twitter and ditch the internet!

So as I sit here with my cup of Alta Rica black coffee and await the arrival of 1120 new Drum n Bass tracks (courtesy of Jinpow) I thought that despite an absence of internet connection, I’d write something up in Word and add it to the Blog at the next available opportunity. (So here I am)

Recently I’ve moved house and do not have Internet access at home. I am arranging a new connection with BE Broadband who can offer [for £18 p/m] a scary 24MB connection down a BT phone line using the new ADSL2+ technologies. I am actually slightly surprised (for some unknown reason) how easy it is to get Internet access without having it yourself. Internet is available most days at most places and mostly for free.. Lucky me!

The advantage I have found of not having it at home is that you actually do what you have to do when you get chance, instead of spending hours piddling about doing very little. A while back at a ‘how to improve your business’ course it was suggested that to manage time online better you could check your email at 2 designated times a day – say one in the morning and one at night - to save endless checking back – just in case you have a message waiting. Personally I am finding it more and more difficult to extract myself from the web, but perhaps I work at a computer too much and have to much free time!

At the moment I do not have TV either, and a similarly pleasant phenomenon exists, by which I do not watch stuff just because it’s on - I watch DVDs I have bought or that have been recommended… and I now seem to have LOTS of extra time too - time to draw, time to read, time to make videos, time to think about what is in them, time to extract my brain from the ever increasing media-network and world of advertising that TV and internet bring. In fact so much time I have devised and am performing a live performance piece at the Crowd6 gallery in Bearwood this Friday. Online communication quickly became much duller and a bit pointless after a brief break from it - once I actually retracted my senses back from the vortex… The Viz profannysaurus defines a ‘porn vortex’ as “A dimension where time has no meaning, encountered when looking for left handed web sites on the Internet. One could fall into a porn vortex and emerge ten minutes later to discover that three days have passed.”. I am suspicious that a similar vortex exists for the rest of Internet & TV. Spookily I seem to have anserwed my question raised two posts ago..!

Online social communication seems to have gone nuts recently. Twitter is the latest addition to my growing arsenal of accounts I have. With Twitter you can update your current status every hour, presumably so a stalker can pin point you more exactly. So why would anyone want to know where you are or what your doing or what you want to say at any point of the day? Twitter's premise is that 'What are you doing?' is a vital question that must be answered many times daily. This service will presumably be superseded by a government system which will update this momentarily for you.

Are we soon going to start seeing people wearing T-shirts with a digital display of their changing status printed on walking around? Saying that... when I was 18 I was very keen on wearing homemade shirts that displayed how I felt on them. I had one that said ‘I’ll be back, I’ve brought my axe’, another that claimed ‘I am become postmodernism’, one that stated ‘Paranoid, Depressed, Lonely’ (with a little tick-box by each one) and another that pleaded ‘Go easy on me I’m trying to scrape a degree’ - but I suppose that’s what being an introverted, artistic teenager is all about, ey?

There is of course growing fears that more and more of our personal info online is a bad thing, a very, very bad thing if it falls into the wrong, and mostly invisible, hands of paedophiles, politicians and marketing men. So why are we so eager to create our own online profile?


  1. Funny, I have had my usual chewing gum for the brain severed for the last two months in the form of TV. I was spending probably four hours a day watching crap and wondering why I had no time to do anything.

    I have sort of replaced that with a few hours here and there of idle internet waffle, spending far too much time looking for nothing.

    In spite of the slight internet increase - I have become a 1000% more productive, it really does make a difference sans TV.

    I've heard of people having an off-line day once a week - and the checking the Email thing, unless you are waiting for something critical, why check more than once or twice a day anyway?

  2. When I was doing business training, one bit of advice to be more efficient regarding checking email etc. was have set times - once in the morning, once tea time.

    Because you dont get notified about email straight away and rely on 'checking it', you can spend crazy amounts of time 'checking' and not so much actually dealing with it. If you restrain your 'checking' you wont waste time and will actually have something to deal with when you read it.