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Technology Renders Mail, Talking and Talent Obsolete

We have grown up in an age of endless technology.

Right down to our most minute details, everything can be documented and shared with a number of faceless entities over the Internet.

The phrase “the world is watching” is scarily true.
Looking at all of the social networking sites floating around, it is interesting to see how people who would have never met otherwise are now developing relationships over e-mails, picture comments and status updates.

In a way, this “modern” approach to socializing fits in with our society’s fast paced standards, but it also removes the meaning out of many seemingly old fashioned ways of communication.

Who writes letters anymore? Mail is becoming some sort of a novelty. To contact someone, I’d typically text/e-mail/tweet or any deviation of that sort.

The prevalence of electronic communication is so wide spread that post offices are closing and postal workers are losing their jobs.

No longer do I have to wait a week for the post office to deliver a letter from my dear friend Sally accepting my offer for Sunday brunch two weeks from now.

Even cell phone messages are rendered slightly obsolete.
No longer do I have to leave an awkward voicemail that might not be listened to for days, completely defeating the purpose of the very message.

When sites like Myspace and Facebook first started, the excitement behind them could be captured within each “New Message/Friend Requests/Comment!” that an individual received.

Having a small space on the vast Internet that could be personalized and devoted to your inner narcissist spoke to millions of people, and the first e-celebs like Tila Tequila and Jefree Star were born.

Without the outlet of these early social networking sites, we wouldn’t have met these people, who shocked and amused us with their wild antics, blurbs and photos.

Now we can see Myspace is a wasteland for advertisements and pedophiles, and Facebook has developed a sort of code of ethics to its usage.

People are no longer seeking popularity through these sites, but now more to keep in contact with their families, friends and various others deemed important enough to share the intimacy and formality of their profiles.

Twitter has now deemed itself the new self-important vessel allowing you to pour your heart out in 140 characters or less.

So, what’s going to be the new “big thing?” We’ve gone from blogging to micro blogging, Myspace friend whoring to the more “grown up” Facebook, and now what?

Are we nearing the end of our Internet excitement?

I am not quite sure what really lies in store for those seeking e-popularity, but sure enough someone pondering this exact thing will find that fame.

Sometimes I feel that we are very lucky to have lived our lives so encompassed in the world of technology, but at times I feel this is too often an excuse for many of us to lead a parallel life.

Kristen Vasquez can be reached at kvasquez@ut.edu.

We’re possessed by the all-seeing Internet.  Mikey G Ottawa / Flickr

We’re possessed by the all-seeing Internet. Mikey G Ottawa / Flickr

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