I often struggle with social networking, for all kinds of weird reasons I try to keep more internal lest other people look at me funny. I think it’s equal parts excessive-ness and inadvertent voyeurism that take the fun out of it for me, because there are times when I feel that social networking is just a really, really, REALLY poor substitute for actual human interaction. I mean, can I even emphasize how excessive some of that social networking stuff can be?? So much information I don’t really need to know about people or would maybe rather find out about them from an actual face-to-face conversation. And I guess that ties in with voyeurism. It is way too easy to know what people are doing and when they’re doing it. Sometimes I see what so many people are actually doing and then I become overwhelmed and sit around being overwhelmed and doing nothing. If that makes any sense. It’s just really easy to get lost in a sea of information I really would rather acquire about people through real interaction.
But I can never bring myself to leave Facebook, because as much as I would prefer to exchange all this damn information with a real person instead of two computers talking over some kind of connection, Facebook has allowed me to connect with people I haven’t talked to/seen in a really long time, and easily stay in contact with those that I might otherwise not, which is something I truly value. Also, if I weren’t on Facebook I wouldn’t be able to keep track of when any of these damn Eastman recitals were happening. True story: I have 20 studiomates and also a lot of musician friends.
It’s hard to find that balance, though. Between using things like Facebook for occasional link-sharing, status-updating, contact-initiating usefulness and wanting to pull my hair out.
All that said, the application TweetDeck has substantially minimized my social networking rage, and I would recommend it to anybody that is occasionally swamped by all the various ways one can seriously, counter-productively waste some damn time with things like Facebook. Pretty much, TweetDeck a very customizable application that brings all updates from Twitter, Facebook and Myspace to this one very neat and shiny desktop program. This means that I can follow what’s going on but never actually have to visit Facebook or Twitter and then get stalky and overwhelmed. And boy oh boy, does a little bit of aesthetically pleasing interface make life just that much happier. I am perhaps for the first time, EVER, enjoying following stuff on Twitter and perhaps am even contributing a bit more myself (note: I can be found here on Twitter), and it is because of TweetDeck.
So anyway. I recommend TweetDeck for use of any of these stupid social networky things if they easily make you into a curmudgeonly person.
In other news, my latest goal is to start a band that writes songs in all Bartok-ian manner. Octatonics. Inverting of lots of stuff. Pitch centricity. Major serious mother-fucking symmetry. You name it (note: I am simply regurgitating terms and technique names from the Bartok analysis that kept me up until about 2:30 in the am this mroning. Not trying to be a pretentious jerkface. You jerkfaces).