January 2nd, 2011

Illuminati

Interesting Links for 2-1-2011

Hold Me, Says Tom

The things I do to myself

I have a bad habit.

I don't generally watch truly unpleasant movies. I have no interest in seeing Hostel, or the various Texas Chainsaw movies, or the Saw sequels (although I hear the first movie is worth seeing), or generally anything where the main focus of the movie is horrible things happening to people, with no redeeming other qualities. Not that I object to gore, violence, etc. in my movies - Bad Taste is one of my favourite movies ever, and I have a massive soft spot for the first two Hellraiser movies, I'm just not a fan of torture for its own sake.

Anyway - my confession is this. I have no interest in seeing these movies, but I do find myself irresistably drawn to reading their synopses on Wikipedia. It's like a car crash, I find myself reading the plots to The Human Centipede and A Serbian Film, and then wishing that I hadn't*.

I don't really understand why, either. I don't get anything out of it, except that it quells my curiosity and makes me feel vaguely nauseous.

If I work out how to stop it, I'll let you know...

*And, if you haven't already read the synopses to these movies, then I also suggest that you don't.

This entry was originally posted at Dreamwidth - you can comment here or there, but I suspect that most comments will be here. Comments so far over there: comment count unavailable
Chewing dear thing

Twitter

I've just finished reading Francesca Elston's New Year Ruminations on Twitter*. Which talks about how Twitter doesn't (for her) seem to be improving the quality of conversations, which is a primary good for her. And I thought I'd take my comment on it and reproduce it here (and edit it into something more cohesive and comprehensible):

I’ve said (probably enough times to bore people about it) that Twitter is Declarative, not Discursive. Even when people are sending messages back and forth to each other, they tend to be viewed as individual statements, not as actual conversations. People talk at each other, rather than to each other, and a lot of the time it feels like they're playing to the crowd - everyone standing on their pedestal, in front of a crowd of pedestals.

There’s darn little context with Twitter, and the interface doesn’t make it any easier to get some. This makes reading other people's conversations tricky, particularly if you're only following one of them.

I do like it for the links, and for seeing things I might otherwise not. And I like keeping up to date with little things people are saying, and are up to. It works better than Facebook for that, for some reason. (Although Facebook does conversations better than Twitter does, albeit not as well as Livejournal.)

But I recently made a pre-New-Year resolution to take those 140 characters, and use them as the first line of a Livejournal post instead. To see if they led me into more depth, and to see if they sparked discussions. I think this will add more value for me than Twitter does.

*The icon is entirely coincidental. I recently remembered to turn back on the icon randomizer on Semagic.

This entry was originally posted at Dreamwidth - you can comment here or there, but I suspect that most comments will be here. Comments so far over there: comment count unavailable