Social Networking for the modern Phenomenologist
July 8, 2010 2 Comments
phenomenology is not as concerned with a constructed “self” , the volume one subject displaces,or inward memories thoughts while in a presently analyzed field or environment,
What phenomenology is concerned with is: a subjects simple momentary interactions and subtle long developing contracts with other components and people… …within its daily environment and existence.
Its not “who I am” or “who I add up to be”
Its how I interact with -in simple daily personal relationships, learn with momentary experience, and live with and share influence comparisons with other components in a “small bracets of existence”.
my personality is a present- centered communication.
So how does the phenomenologist, the Zen Buddhist, the Here and Now enthusiast make room for Social Networking… especially the popular Facebook and Twitter?
How do I explain to friends that I am totally inept in a world of interpreting status updates postdated,
slow public opinated conversations in 154 character or less bites or “tweets”,
the intricate subtle , unsaid, (and usually unintended, in my case) social meanings assign to “signing someones wall“.
or sizing someones identity by their profile pic and info.
After all I spend a lot of effort placing meaning in real time relating, present centered learning and cherish good conversation. I’m pretty damn good at it.
Yet I must learn to adapt or risk being forgotten in this electronic age of social communication. or worse be labeled a has-been.
Ok, I’m being a bit rediculous, but the fact remains the Social networking is different form a communication, and a lot of people
not just me struggle with it. their are certain nuances to learn.
more and more, one is judged on how he/she updates their status and at times identities seem be formed out of a series of updates.
Some important tips I have learned about posting updates in social networks thus far by experience.(humor)
- Post too many heart felt honest updates when feeling bad…and your are being too negative.
- Post too many humorous updates and you are being distant and hiding the “real you”.
- Post too many long winded paragraph updates… and you are crazy.
- Post where you are going to be.. and no one else will show up.
- Not Airbrushing or Photshoping your profile pic means your just not trying hard enough to impress.
- How people inteperet an update is not neccarily the intent of an update.
- Posting complaints about social networks… and you are a whiny party poop.
–this one I firmly agree with. thus I write my whiny criticisms here.
I am still learning to talk in the world of today and I do put an effort into being Internet Sociable.
but for now if someone wants to “know who I am” their just going to have to do it in an old school face to face conversation.
thus far, I am just one more phenomenologist (try saying that word three times real fast) … who is lost in the modern world of electronic communication.