Social Media as curatorial devices — part 1.
Andrew Sullivan wrote an article „I Used to Be a Human Being” which was published in the New York Magazine where he describes his personal struggle with the epidemic of distraction (as he calls it) . I highly recommend the read.
I am nowere near the condition he writes about, however I feel that some day I may get close enough to be to scrolling addiction to start reconsidering the way I use the Internet and related devices today, especially as people, including my immediate family, start to notice that I abuse my mobile phone and I am never quite able to pin what I am actually doing using it.
I have made a popular TOP 3, 5, 10 or 100 list of ideas, which might help in changing you perspective.
1) Do not fall for anything that says it has 5 answers for your pain (whatever that pain may be). Usually you will end up with superficial tips that all point at a product you have to purchase to get a full insight. There is plenty of good old plain text to read. Basically, if there is no pictures you are on the right track. And this comes from a photographer. So, trust me — there is nothing that feels better than giving your eyes some rest as you meditate across letters, sylables and words.
2) Do not be passive (liking, commenting and subscribing is still about being passive). If you want to make a good use out of the Internet create content — vlog about stuff you like, become an Internetainer, share your art or non-art, write blogs. Just try to do something meaningful. If you want to post your holiday pictures just to make everyone envy your stay at a 5* all-inclusive resort in the Maldives don’t do it. People will stop liking you. You will be nothing more than another post in the morning feed. If there is something that you really want to share with your friends please do it in person. You may as well cook them dinner and light up some candles. They may think it is kind of strange, but still they will appreciate it.
3) Do not spread positive thinking. All the motivational crap is just a waste of time. But yes, you can do it! And yes, nothing can stop you, but only if you spend enough time working on it. It is just sad that you have to be reminded that you have to do your work. We have just made it to the third position on the list and I am already losing faith… If you can’t motivate yourself you may be in trouble.
4) Do try to connect with people you admire. But don’t try to connect to celebrities (they are usually royal cunts). It feels so good when mr. Zizek responds to your email and says that he is interested in your research (even if he really isn’t) or that he appreciates your comment about his book. It feels really good. Drop a line to your favorite author or an artist or a person of science. If there is someone special out there who inspires you tell them and they will most certainly help you. If they don’t they probably already have unlocked the status of a celebrity.
5) Be selective. You really don’t need to know what you 1102 facebook friends are doing, and what each and every single apple rumors website is revealing about the newest iProduct. Remember on ething that may be the key point of this whole text. You are responsible for curating and giving meaning to what the Internet is. Don’t fuck it up because if you do it will turn into meaningless pulp and it is true to every other thing in your life.
To be very honest with you, I am a compulsive and emotional writer. I never plan, I research on the fly and just keep coming up with things as I go. I never planned this list and really wanted to tell you a little bit about how places like tumblr, instagram, freaking snapchat and others become places of curatorial actions as prominent and important as art galleries or museums. But it seems that I have already exceeded the daily 3 minutes of your reading time so I will have to talk about it some other day.