Understudy 21

October 11th, 2013, 6:17 am

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Reply TheCatMolloy, October 11th, 2013, 6:29 am

That's the computer Paige got for Aleister. He loves sitting on it. Sometimes Paige borrows it back so she can go online or type something, but that's OK. He sits on it then, too.

I sometimes wonder what computers do to people. Not individuals necessarily, but people in general. We live in an unprecedented age of sharing ideas and information, but it is also an age of sitting on our asses looking at pictures of cats all day. How meaningful are interactions over Facebook? Is someone who spends most of their time online avoiding reality, or are they embracing it?

Today, Cosmo the Quote Bunny is quoting abstract painter Pablo Picasso.

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Reply Agen (Guest), October 11th, 2013, 7:16 am

Sleep mode always good! I think he's trying to see if he'll fit into the port on the side of the laptop where the wireless device for the nouse goes

Reply Lilithmae (Guest), October 11th, 2013, 10:56 am

Well, for people like me who are shy, uncomfortable and pretty darn paranoid when face-to-face with others, the world of online social networks can provide a semblance of much-needed interpersonal connections. It's a shield. Of course, like anything else, really, there should be a balance to how much we use it that most people don't pay any mind to; but in my experience, people in general don't seem to have much of a grasp on the concept of 'moderation'.

Reply Varika (Guest), October 11th, 2013, 12:42 pm

Well, inanity on Facebook isn't necessarily less meaningful than inanity in person. I'm not one of those people who believes that being face to face with someone necessarily makes interaction inherently more valuable. How valuable, really, is a checkout-line conversation about the royal couple, for instance? Whereas a discussion of physics with someone halfway around the world via Facebook private message may even save one's job, and that's pretty valuable.

On the other hand, I also know that I DEFINITELY use the Internet for escape from a fairly boring life. But again, there are offline parallels; let's take MMORPGs vs. tabletop gaming, for instance...

Reply GabrielsThoughts, October 11th, 2013, 5:27 pm

Wow! You can strike up conversations with someone other than a relative or cashier in a checkout line? That's amazing. You'd be doing us all a great service if you could reveal your secret ice breaking technique.

Especially me, since the closest set up I could think of is flattery and compliments followed up by a question.

I also have a few stock questions about the whether and some old goddies including "What's the best thing that's happened to you today? " or "Is there anything I can do to make you happy?" and "how do you catch a unique rabbit?" They're not exactly neural associative conditioning or linguistic programing related, but I was looking into motivational interviewing strategies to draw people out, because I've never been able to establish immediate trust or faith long enough to get them to talk about celebrity gossip. Or any gossip for that matter.

I can always do more research into motivational interviewing, I'm not exactly going for mastery in the art of questioning. Just a few tips would really help. I'm not really big with the utility of force in order to pry information from a prospect. I would have loved to have learned about motivational interviewing and neural linguistic programming in my oral history or journalism class though.

Reply TheCatMolloy, October 12th, 2013, 8:57 am

@Lilithmae: That's kind of what I'm saying. The internet is very much an 'easy mode' for social interaction. There are no tones of voice, no physical presence, just the written word.

It allows discussion and the sharing of expressed thought, but there's no physical presence or nonverbal cues. It's connective and disconnective at the same time. The question is, how 'real' are people on the internet? Do they matter any more or less than people you've encountered physically?

@Varika: How valuable is the conversation about the royal couple to the cashier? A couple of minutes distraction from a repetitive job isn't worthless.

There's a defined value to the job-saving Facebook conversation about physics, and text is a better medium for communicating quantified information anyway, but I think you're underestimating the value of interaction to a bored person in a dull job.

As for the theoretical discussion about physics with someone halfway around with the world: Is it a good thing that the internet largely eliminates the need for us to seek counsel from those around us? Would meeting a local physics professor have been a qualitatively better experience? It goes for any sought information. Why risk the embarrassment of asking your friends for advice on a delicate relationship matter when you can just create a throwaway account and ask Reddit?

Coming from the other side of that, for someone who becomes anxious when talking to people, the internet provides a wonderfully safe way of communicating with other humans, allowing both immediacy and time to compose one's thoughts.

@GabrielsThoughts: Tangent from the main line of conversation! 3 Troll points.

Not entirely sure how well the art of conversation can be taught, and at any rate wouldn't consider myself an expert. Neurolinguistic Programming is much more about directing one's own patterns of thought than those of others though.

Reply VictorB, October 12th, 2013, 11:42 pm

Pablo Picasso Ironically the term Computer was used initially as an indevidual who computes, then related to a machine who computes. It wasn't until 1975 that Bill Gates and Paul Allen formed Microsoft initially and created the modern household computer. Since Pablo Picasso died in 1973, the year Gates entered Harvard, Pablo probably was referring to a high-tech calculator machine rather than our modern computer systems with Facebook. Ironic how his message still applies

Reply Lilithmae (Guest), October 14th, 2013, 9:53 am

Some of my most valued friendships are with people I've never met in person, and I feel closer to them that practically everybody else I DO physically know. As for how 'real' they are or not, I can't really answer that any more than I can tell you how 'real' the people around me are. In my opinion, there's no way of really knowing that for sure.
I tend to think people online are about as real as the people in my head; by which I mean they're real enough for me, and that's all I need. Whether or not that is a right or healthy way of living is honestly kind of irrelevant to me when my mental and emotional comfort is at stake.

Reply trixethecat (Guest), December 16th, 2016, 8:32 am

Ur in sleep mode also Aleister

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