Web Cowgirl 衛 思 維 (webcowgirl) wrote,
Web Cowgirl 衛 思 維

Perils of Twitter: NY Times info

Oh, Twitter. It's totally ramped up my ability to connect with people again (since LJ has been dying rather a slow death), but it has made it difficult to have conversations with people about Neat Stuff Online, especially because I mostly access it using my phone. Still, there is Neat Stuff Online to discuss, so here I go.

First, only of interest to one or two: a cache of lost American silent movies has been found in New Zealand! I'm not too bothered about the John Ford film, "Upstream," but "Why Husbands Flirt" looks awfully cute.

Second, ongoing reporting on doctors aiding torture. The note is that they were supposed to keep it from becoming torture but I just don't see how these medical professionals could not see they were complicit in torture. Hello, Nuremberg trials?

Third, and causing me most time wasted yesterday, twin articles on how the modern computer society is changing us. The shorter one says the constant low-level "noise" is affecting our brains, but notes that it's become a "vital part of our ability to connect with others." Sure, chatting online, Twitter, commenting on Facebook, this all takes a lot of time and is multithreaded and nagging, but who really does this stuff on the phone anymore? And how else are we supposed to do it? If you say, "Ooh, I don't want to send emails or texts," then suddenly you're cut off from a lot of people and events. The article says it's making us impatient and forgetful, but maybe that's a small price to pay - or it can be better managed.

The other article in this set is called Hooked On Gadgets, and I felt this had more points worth debating. How do we handle the deluge of data we are now under? What effects does being this plugged in have on us? Does multitasking really work? How does it affect how we deal with people face to face? Do people hide behind their technology, and why?

Finally, a brief mention of a woman fired for being too sexy. She wore the same clothes as another woman, but because she had the extreme hourglass figure, she was criticized for being a distraction. I thought this was very interesting in terms of showing the horrible standards women are held up to at work but also of prejudice against attractive people.
Tags: geek, links, silent movies, twitter
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