A Necessary Reprieve

#365Project: 108/365

I arrived home in Brooklyn this afternoon after a much-needed vacation near Chincoteague, VA. It was spent with Kristin and much of her extended family in her parents' vacation home, where I met many new faces and experienced quite a bit.

Now that I'm back in my apartment, the introvert in me is demanding rest and recuperation. I casually mentioned on Twitter that I would be suspending daily photo postings this weekend, and will resume them tonight with this lovely portrait of Kris as she enjoys her morning coffee. I'll catch up on my photo quota later this week with more photos from the weekend.

The more things change →

Stephen Hackett wrote an article yesterday on kids and touchscreens. He references a few other articles from writers such as Matt Honan and Shawn Blanc, all of them coming to the same lack-of-a-conclusion: "I haven't figured out how to set boundaries for my kids and technology."

However, this follow-up article caught my attention. Aren't iPads in restaurants just a new form of crayons and a placemat? Isn't Minecraft just 21st century Legos? Reading on a Kindle app is just as odd to people who grew up with paperback books as reading in general is to people who grew up without books. Stephen concludes: "Clearly, we look at the world with a filter based on the time in which we live."

I like it.

Social networking without the numbers →

...imagine if Twitter changed its service so that the number of followers one had was completely hidden from public view. So when you encountered a person on Twitter and looked at their profile, you'd have no idea if they had 5 or 50,000 followers. Would that change how you used Twitter?

He's definitely on to something. However, with the current model of social media so ingrained in our society (and more importantly the advertising industry), I don't see this thought experiment going very far in the real word.