Friday, November 15, 2013

Freak Scene

In a random thought of the day, I just realized that almost all of my professional colleagues are on Facebook and Twitter and actively participate in both. I am on neither. And this made me think that maybe I'm being less of an academic than I should be. Like I'm just screwing around and they are talking about important things and exchanging links and articles and essays and names of books and cool websites. While I'm just hanging around in my underwear, eating donuts, and making lists of favorite Screaming Blue Messiahs albums ordered from best to worst. (Yes, I know they are a band from, like 50 years ago. I'm an old man, what can I say).

I used to be on Facebook. I had 300 friends or something like that. But I don't remember much about it and I never think about Facebook that much anymore.

Anyway, I had a moment of insecurity. That maybe I should get on Facebook and Twitter....?

But then I came to my senses. I realized two fundamental things: (a) Nothing that ever happens in my life or my brain is interesting and (b) I'm not a social being. If you combine those two things, there's no reason for me to be on Facebook or Twitter.

So I felt much better.


Patrick said...

Ah, I still miss you on FB...but I get it.

spaceman said...

I'll come back to the social media world at some point. I'm thinking of a blot similar to Wellerstein's but focused on all Cold War science/tech not just on nukes and secrecy. Found this one too which seems interesting:

spaceman said...

"blog" not "blot" of course