I have been reading the blog posts of Talin Orfali. It’s hard to pick a favorite, so here’s the link to one I especially like about social media, http://talinorfali.wordpress.com/2011/11/24/how-social-networking-communication-has-changed-the-world/. Social media has changed the world and she’s right to feel ambivalent about it. I feel the same way on most days. I’ve even posted about it (see short links http://wp.me/p1glcu-Tp and http://wp.me/p1glcu-1aV).
I don’t have a smart phone and I don’t have a Facebook account, although I’ve read articles about Facebook which warn that, just because I don’t visit Facebook doesn’t mean I’m not there–virtually speaking. I’m going to share a few quotes from Talin that I’m going to call Talinisms, because they are written with conviction and feeling, and are worth remembering. One I really like is “Although E-mail is such an incredible tool, I still think Original forms of communication are far more classy…” Indeed they are more classy, and when I’m trying to stay clear of the driver who is steering with one hand and text-messaging with the other–original forms of communication are also far safer, as long as they don’t involve certain kinds of one finger hand signals.
And again, “In the olden days nobody had any of these things and how people used to live without technology is so interesting and many people of those days did other things hands on with crafts, inventing games, and a lot of people used to play outside and do more interactive things, but now since all these things have come up, you don’t really see children and adults out there in residential areas playing, or going for a simple bike ride.”
Again, Talin is right; the kids are on the Weird Warped Web (www.strangestuff.com), dad is twittering on the smart phone, and mom is on the iPad. Emoticons are replacing vocal cords.
I guess this dates the Geezer, because I’m actually from the “olden days.” I used to write real letters, you remember—pen and paper letters. I used to write poetry and I would “snail mail” them to publishers. Six to eight weeks later, they would snail mail their rejection letters to me. This probably did take a toll on the supply of trees and paper.
Another Talinism: “…gadgets shouldn’t take over your life.” This speaks for itself, but I can tell you that the house my wife and I just bought was a miracle of technology in many ways. I had to learn how to program a very expensive remote control just to run the stereo equipment the previous owners left as part of the home purchase deal. I think I could make the toilets flush with it. Back in the day, there were 3 major TV networks and we had to get off the couch and walk to the set to change the channel.
I could go on forever, but you really should read Talin Orfali yourself. The Talinism of her site is “Don’t ever change yourself to impress someone, cause they should be impressed that you don’t change to please others.”
And the Talinism for the day is, “Thank you can be said in so many different languages and it all sounds so beautiful no matter what language it comes from.”
I think the cure for a bad day is a Talinism. Thank you, Talin!