I keep thinking that I need to keep up with my blog posts… But, I don’t always have something useful to write. I’m not great at the “5 steps to…” posts and lately, I’m not sure I’ve been so articulate in the “inspirational perspective” posts either.
I have been on vacation from the internet again. As though the internet is a place we go… except it is. And I have been feeling disoriented each time I log on in these recent weeks. I’m not using my familiar computer with my bookmarks and saved pages. I use other people’s with their saved pages and bookmarks and I find myself feeling as though I was actually connected to my computer. I have begun to feel as though my machine knew me and I knew it and we had a language between us that always led me to the places I wanted to go and the actions I needed to complete online.
Now, I’m passing through, on someone else’s machine and even though I’m on a computer, and computer’s are designed to do the same thing, I take longer than usual to decide where I’m going, to make sense of facebook, to respond to emails…
And, I’m not sure I mind discovering this. It’s kind of neat, which is pretty weird because I make all kinds of faces when we start talking about analytics that learn our patterns and begin to tell us what it thinks we’ll like.
I began thinking of my phone as an It this week. It noticed that I drive to a particular location often and wanted to know if I lived there… In some ways, this feels like energetic cording. With our devices, we have lots of cords running from us – through our machines to other people, places, ideas and things.
I don’t have an opinion about whether it’s good or bad. I used to feel it was a bad thing overall, but, in this internet vacation place, something new is occurring to me. And I don’t know what it is yet.
And there’s no conclusion to this post.