Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Ambient Intimacy...OR You are a Boogerbrain!!!

"What's the point in wearing your favorite rocketship underpants if nobody asks to seem 'em? - Calvin"

I find myself talking about Twitter quite a lot. I’m not the only one. The behaviours that Twitter has made more visible are tremendously interesting.

I’ve come across this term being used to describe the experiences of Twitter, Flickr and reading blog posts! It's called Ambient Intimacy.

Ambient intimacy is about being able to keep in touch with people with a level of regularity and intimacy that you wouldn’t usually have access to, because time and space conspire to make it impossible. Flickr lets me see what friends are eating for lunch, how they’ve redecorated their bedroom, their latest haircut. Twitter tells me when they’re hungry, what technology is currently frustrating them, who they’re having drinks with tonight.

Who cares? Who wants this level of detail? Isn’t this all just annoying noise? There are certainly many people who think this, but they tend to be not so noisy themselves. It seems to me that there are lots of people for who being social is very much a ‘real life’ activity and technology is about getting stuff done.

There are a lot of us, though, who find great value in this ongoing noise. It helps us get to know people who would otherwise be just acquaintances. It makes us feel closer to people we care for but in whose lives we’re not able to participate as closely as we’d like.

Knowing these details creates intimacy. (It also saves a lot of time when you finally do get to catchup with these people in real life!) It’s not so much about meaning, it’s just about being in touch.

Yuh! Sounds good to me I’m glad more and more people are doing ambient intimacy things, it’s so much fun to consume, publish, and swirl around in.

Blogging. What can i say about this except i am grateful. Eight months ago, i had no clue what a blog was. Never even heard the word before. As i slowly discovered the blogosphere and realized that i wanted a part of it, i also discovered the many blogs i read today. I actually feel very left out of the loop if i don't keep up with the latest happenings at the raw food blogs. These people are my friends even if we never actually meet in person.

It's an intimate relationship for sure. I think some of my readers know more about me than i even know about myself. But, is it just noise for some? A place to kick up their feet and have a few laughs? Maybe, and thats totally cool. But, not for me!

I like to share things that i know will interest others. Maybe even inspire somebody to go for a run, eat some raw icecream or even just laugh at some of the videos or cartoons i post sometimes. And, in turn i look to my friends blogs for the same thing. And believe me, i learn a lot. Every single day.

I have a lot to be thankful for and i am not trying to veer off the subject here. I'm just saying everything happens for a reason IMHO. We may not know the reason, we may never know the reason and sometimes its better not to know anyway.

I hope i didn't bore you, my readers to death today. I just felt like talking about this topic for a long time now. Today seemed as good a day as any.

I need some of your prayers. Whatever, however, wherever! It can be fun. I really like the words Uplift, Inspire, and Renew. Should be the mantra of us raw foodists huh?
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