At no other time in history have we had so much information. It is like a primordial soup of information out there. And I am the first to admit that occasionally I drown and have to be resuscitated with a good solid dose of self imposed solitary confinement away from all of it.
I did that this past weekend. And upon my return I reflected that each and every time I return to the 'soup' I think...."Wait just a gosh darned second...I don't need this shite....most of it is not life enhancing."
It is the 'most' bit that gets me each and every time. The fact of the matter is that there actually is some utility in the information and that marginal utility is what prevents my digital suicide each and every time I contemplate it.
I enjoy (need) to hear about the day to day activities of loved ones that are not near. I enjoy (need) to hear about the activities of loved ones that are near too. I also find that most of my news is obtained via social media streams and I love the fact that I can mute certain streams if they no longer meet my needs.
I need interaction. I believe we all do. Forcing oneself into isolation is an activity encouraged only in small doses and in today's dispersed and time-deficient world we interact electronically alongside face to face.
This week's viral article on "Listening to Complainers is Bad for your Brain" reminds me of the essence of my discomfort with all of this information: It is, for the most part, negative.
In the last year I have consciously chosen to try and live-talk and e-post only good news stories except when my blood pressure simmers to the point of needing to climb to the top of the rooftop and literally scream my displeasure. A negative article or comment from me is the equivalent of a gorilla pounding her chest. I am a passionate (and, um, unmedicated) person so this tends to happen on a regular basis.
Slow media is a lifestyle that encourage others to do the same. Thoughtful and conscious consumption and production of media could radically change our world while maximizing the opportunities for significant and positive world change that technology affords us.