if you need any indicator of the health of the united states and the collapse of social decency and decorum, I think it was when the idea of a front porch on a street, and sidewalks where people walked their neighborhoods gave way to the privacy fence where people enclose themselves off from seeing or having to interact with their neighbors.
then along came the internet and you can sit right next to a person, like a guy I am sitting next to in a café, who is scrolling through videos of rappers and picking his nose…not a little snot, but the guy is mining for gold standard snot. I wish I was making this up, but I am simply reporting the truth.
in the old coffee shop, before computers, the person would either be reading a newspaper or book, or chatting about whatever with whoever was here. today I get Mr. nose picker while trying to see I can do a whole lot of things in a short period of time.
the front porch was interesting. I am not sure if it was a precursor to radio and tv, and more like a live gossip show where people would walk by and people would talk each other? was it a place for people to simply say hello and greet each other? or was it that social space where someone could ask, “would you like to stop up for a cup of coffee or lemonade?”
today, I watch the news, turn off the radio and media as it is simply noise that I doubt anyone will remember tomorrow. it was a great sales technique I learned about people forgetting, in the days of newspapers you asked, “what was the headline of yesterday’s paper?”
few could answer that question.
todays might be, “what was the news heading in the last tweet 9 Nano-seconds ago?”
our attention spans are shot, and I find myself even reading less and less for understanding and scanning. I just wrote to someone, “I did read what you wrote, and understand the basic things – my current answer is not addressing much of that….and I wrote my perspective. and will get back to you later when I have a little more time to ponder it all”
not the best way to communicate – even with a warning.
I guess that is why silence each day is something of a habit that is good to develop. I don’t know if people really think much each day? or do I think about lots each day and ask “why?” all the time and get blank stares, like “why do you even think like that? or ask so many questions?”
I want to learn more. if you apply it to people…everyone has a story in them. with the internet I can post this blog each day, linked to no one – and guess what, I doubt much if any of the planet cares what I think, feel, or do. I am just a blip of sand in a great ocean of life’s beach.
it is sort of like a digital front porch in world where everyone has privacy fences and is too busy to take time outside to go to the front porch, away from the noise of media and devices that we seem to be tethered to.
meanwhile everyone complains about it. few sit on the front porch.
the gold miner of snot just left…he has the latest accoutriments of fashion and hip hop coolness on…but he was picking his now for 30 minutes. is this a new trend in social behavior?