When I started this blog and activated my Facebook page after quite a lengthy period of resistance, I never had the intention to write any wordy pieces. I was simply being thrust into the stream of social networking willy nilly .
Now why the reluctance to hop on the social media bandwagon? Well, my generation never grew up with the world wide web, computers, tablets, smart phones, x-boxes, or playstations. Games were simple ones, that involve a lot of imagination and little gadgetry. Also, we used the “snail mail” and emails was something we encountered when we were full adults and not something we grew up with. .
Therefore, its not altogether surprising that a majority of us don’t trust things that are intangible and worry over revealing too much of ourselves to strangers. So I can understand when my favourite vocalist, Sakurai Atsushi from my favourite band, Buck Tick stated in an interview (which was translated courtesy of Nopperabou.net if my memory serves) he doesn’t understand computers or social networking stuff like facebook, blogging or live journal. When he was told blogging and live journal is something like a personal diary, what he replied was he doesn’t see the point of a personal diary which is public! Then it wouldn’t be his personal diary! He certainly has a point there.
This was more or less in line with my own attitude. Besides, my first forays into the early regime of social networking was one which left a lasting impression on me.
One of my hobbies was the cat fancy and I did go to exhibitions to show my pedigreed cats. Well, one of those internet lists which I belonged to ( and this was before there was Facebook and such) , were talking about hair dryers and which were the best ones to use.
Now one of those early hands free pet dryer is called a Super DUCK. It was a pretty good dryer and my first model had broken down and I was in the midst of ordering a 2nd one. Well, in my hurry to extol the virtues of this dryer, I inadvertently sent off a post to about 300 over people, not only highly recommending the product but saying that I couldn’t wait for my new Super DICK to arrive! That I had worn out the last one and couldn’t wait to get the new one!:o
Imagine my horror when I realised I had just mistyped one single word and the whole meaning changed…….of course, if I had true anonymity, it wouldn’t be half as bad and if I didn’t have to meet any of those people on the list, that would have been just peachy. Instead, as fate would have it, I did have to face some of the people on the list in the next weekend show.. …grinning people who came up to me and asked whether I did receive my new order and how it was working out.