So I was going to write a post all about how Katherine is an evil vlogging genius and why one day I was going to finally record a vlog post. Also possibly I was going to talk about how all the vloggers I “know” have really great hair (see: Katherine, Ashley, Nicole, Nico, etc.). But instead of all of that, I decided I would follow everyone’s advice and just record a vlog post since I’d been considering it since some of my favorite bloggers did VEDA in August. So, here goes nothing…
In case you haven’t noticed, I don’t blog or tweet or do almost anything on the internet or social media to make money, get thousands of followers, have every tweet retweeted or become famous. I do it because through blogging and tweeting and all that jazz, I found out there are some AMAZING people out there who I never would have “met” without social media and the interwebs. People who can be my friends, my mentors, my sounding boards, my personal chefs, my gif providers and my drinking buddies.
Despite having never met most of these people IRL, they interact with me, reply to my comments, have full-on twitter conversations with me and stop by to read blog entries like this one. These smart, funny and entertaining people, regardless of how many followers they have or how “big time” they might be, still take time out to connect with me and hundreds or thousands of other people (who they also haven’t met) on an individual basis because that’s what social media and the internet is all about for us.
All those lovely people make my day, every day. But then there’s the flip side. The people who use social media to “get theirs” and, no matter how well they disguise it, are determined to only let a few people in to their not-as-hilarious-as-they-think-it-is inner circle of social media. These are the people who “embrace” social media by turning it into a high school clique where only some kids are cool enough to warrant a reply.
They are also the people who will do whatever it takes to get a laugh, a retweet, a favorite, or a follow, even if that means stealing other people’s tweets. I see it in my timeline every day, a funny tweet and then later, the same funny tweet with no credit given to the original jokester. It happened yesterday to my brother and I’ve seen it happen to a lot of other equally funny (seriously @petebeat is hilarious) but slightly more famous twitter users. I’m not saying we can’t all try to be funny on the internet, I’m just saying if you see something funny and you want to share it, give a little credit.
I find it especially infuriating when these people are those who champion social media and the internet as a great connection tool and, even, have careers based on the interaction that social media creates and encourages. Isn’t it going against all the things that you preach when you steal a tweet, or ignore all the @replies from people you’ve deemed unworthy? Isn’t it hypocritical to demand credit for everything you do on the internet but not give that courtesy to others, even if it’s just a silly joke?
I’m not writing this to get sympathy comments or anything, I’m just filled with RAGE most of the time and writing this seems like an appropriate alternative to stabbing people. I also know that it might sound like this is just coming from the bruised ego of an outcast at Internet High School or maybe a place of jealousy, but really it’s not me these hypocrites are hurting (because I’m awesome), it’s social media itself. Every time they ignore someone who thought they’d built a rapport with them or steal somebody’s tweet, it just creates another outlet for tunnel-vision, cliques and ignorance rather than what social media is meant to be: a big internet party with hipster cats, Ryan Gosling memes, someecards, ranty blog posts and friendships based on a shared love of those things.
I don’t care who you are, or what kind of fake social media superlative you give yourself (I’m pretty sure real ninjas are trying to come up with a new brand since theirs has been disgraced), or how busy you might be (cough::auto-DMs::cough), repeatedly ignore the basic premise behind social media and all it’ll get you is a big, fat unfollow from me.
Jack: I know it’s possible. But at some point, you have to choose, Paul. You can’t delude yourself with thoughts like, ”Maybe they’d be into a group marriage,” or ”What if I could somehow combine them into one perfect woman, like a s’more you could take a shower with?” -30 Rock, “I Do Do”
Is it possible to be in love with two gadgets at the same time? I know it’s possible. Last year I got a Roku Player. What’s a Roku Player? It’s a magical little device that let’s you watch streaming video from the internet on your TV. Netflix instant? Done. Hulu Plus? Damn straight. Amazon on Demand? Totes. Pandora? Fo sho. YouTube? YouGotIt. This little piece of heaven has brought me the joys of “Doctor Who,” “Top Gear,” “The League” and “Parks and Recreation” any time I want.
I joke (in a very serious way) that my relationship with my Roku is the longest I’ve ever been in. This probably causes much concern amongst my friends and family. Sure we’ve had disagreements (as you do in any important relationship) when the internet was acting up, Hulu Plus wouldn’t load or Netflix wasn’t feeling up to it, but nothing can top watching the UMass Amherst a capella group doing their Disney Medley or seeing Andy tell Ron about the meat tornado on your TV, any time, day or night with just the click of a remote. Right?
I thought so, until last week when I got a kindle for my birthday. I never thought I’d be one for a kindle, until I realized that my propensity for literary ADD could be easily managed with a device that kept several books in one lightweight package. I’m not saying I hate physical books or that I don’t like the feel and smell of real books and the memories that come with them. But, the convenience of my kindle already has me reading more than ever.
I’m finally starting to work my way down the very long reading list I’ve been putting together ever since I started my current job that doesn’t always allow much time for reading. Now I’m wishing I could read all day. I can’t get enough. I’m already deep into Packing for Mars by Mary Roach (my favorite), underway in The Atomic Times by Michael Harris and getting started on Beer Is Proof God Loves Us by Charles Bamforth (I may be slightly obsessed with non-fiction works).
And now I’m posed with a dilemma. Which do I love more? The more I watch shows and movies on my Roku, the less time I’ll have to read on my kindle. And vice versa. Looks like the only solution is to follow in Paul’s footsteps and live the dual life. Roku + kindle + kelly = best friends forever.
What gadgets are you in love with? And what are you reading (kindle or not)?Note: Nobody paid me to write nice things about the Roku or Kindle, but if they wanted to, they totally could (wink, wink). I just really love my gadgets. Also, if you’re Mary Roach and you want to hang out, teach me things and be my new best friend, I’m okay with that too (sorry to all my old BFFs, it was nice while it lasted).