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Sounds About Right July 31, 2011

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Baroness Greenfield Sneers at Facebook and Twitter

From the Daily Mail:

Facebook and Twitter have created a generation obsessed with themselves, who have short attention spans and a childlike desire for constant feedback on their lives, a top scientist believes.Repeated exposure to social networking sites leaves users with an ‘identity crisis’, wanting attention in the manner of a toddler saying: ‘Look at me, Mummy, I’ve done this.’

It gets better:

Baroness Greenfield, former director of research body the Royal Institution, said: ‘What concerns me is the banality of so much that goes out on Twitter.

But she’s just warming up:

‘It’s almost as if people are living in a world that’s not a real world, but a world where what counts is what people think of you or (if they) can click on you,’ she said.

‘Think of the implications for society if people worry more about what other people think about them than what they think about themselves.’

Seems reasonable in a “bitching about the internet at a bar” sort of way, and I don’t think blogging is immune from these criticisms (nor is YouTube). But I do have to question the Baroness’s credentials. She was criticized by other scientists for her own brand of self-promotion:

The Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford, who studies disease of the brain, regularly appears on television and is acknowledged by her peers as one of the most talented communicators of science of her generation.

Her unconventional approach to courting publicity, however, has annoyed as many scientists as it attracts, some of whom claim that her talent for self-promotion outweighs her scientific credentials. She has been rejected as a candidate for fellowship of the Royal Society, the elite national academy of science.

And speaking of credentials, how many friends & followers does she have on Facebook & Twitter? Huh? Huh?

‘Nuff said.

Comments»

1. Cathy - July 31, 2011

Good post Geoff. Her concerns about such things like Facebook and Twitter could all be solved if people would attend a few more church pot luck suppers and — of course — make sure they feast on such favorites as lime jello with carrot shavings and tuna noodle casserole made with cream of mushroom soup. Yes. The world would be a better place again!

2. Retired Geezer - July 31, 2011

lime jello with carrot shavings and tuna noodle casserole made with cream of mushroom soup.

Foods of the Gods.

3. geoff - July 31, 2011

The world would be a better place again!

…or at least a more regular place.

4. osoloco - July 31, 2011

At the same time, FB has been a great way to reconnect with friends and family. Having a family situation right now and I’ve been able to inform my 34 first cousins with a single FB post. Then again, my friends say I have FB Tourettes.

5. geoff - July 31, 2011

I’m totally ratting you out to the Baroness.

6. Jewel - July 31, 2011

Nah, Geezer. Food of the Godly…which is why you’ll never see Giada Di Laurentis make this stuff on the Food Porn Network.

7. Lipstick - July 31, 2011

I have 6 followers on Twitter.

I’m somebody!!

8. daveintexas - July 31, 2011

well if I knew your handle…

9. Lipstick - July 31, 2011

I’ve been following you, Dave, for quite awhile.

10. Lipstick - July 31, 2011

Yippee! Geezer is following me.

Wait, that may mean I have to actually be clever in 140 characters. Uh oh.

11. kevl - August 1, 2011

I am neither on Facebook nor Twitter. Am I missing anything?

I don’t think the Baroness’ observations about young people obsessed with themselves and having short attention spans is anything new. It’s just manifesting itself in a new way.

12. Retired Geezer - August 1, 2011

I am neither on Facebook nor Twitter. Am I missing anything?

I only joined because Dave seems to be getting a lot of teh wimmin adulation that he richly deserves.

Trickle Down theory.

13. the Spanish Metaphor Guy - August 1, 2011

>> I don’t think the Baroness’ observations about young people obsessed with themselves and having short attention spans is anything new. It’s just manifesting itself in a new way.

That’s spot on. It’s the same characteristics in play, for the same reasons (young people developing into adulthood), just with new context.

Before it was video games, and before that music and television.

Nothing new under the sun.

>> I only joined because Dave seems to be getting a lot of teh wimmin adulation that he richly deserves.

whaaa? who me? No way. I figure as long as they ain’t mad at me I’m doing ok.

14. daveintexas - August 1, 2011

dangit.

this new comment thingy is pissin me off

15. Lipstick - August 1, 2011
16. xbradtc - August 1, 2011

This post doesn’t contain links to my FB page or blog.

*FAIL!*

17. Michael - August 1, 2011

*scratches head*

Brad, you have been on IB’s blogroll for years. You’re in third place.

18. Cathy - August 1, 2011

This post doesn’t contain links to my FB page or blog. *FAIL!*

This post does not call me a hottie, give me a massage, or do my nails. *FAIL!*

19. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere - August 1, 2011

Cathy.

You’re a hottie, and one out of three will have to tide you over.

20. Cathy - August 1, 2011

BiW, you get pie.

21. Captain Jamil Hussein - August 1, 2011

Geoff, my old friend, come to Baghdad. I hear it is lovely this time of year.

22. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere - August 1, 2011

Thanks, but I really shouldn’t.

Besides, it would melt before I could get there.

23. geoff - August 1, 2011

Geoff, my old friend, come to Baghdad. I hear it is lovely this time of year.

Is that you, SeeDub?

24. Captain Jamil Hussein - August 1, 2011

Well, it sure isn’t Captain Jamil Hussein, because he doesn’t exist. Or does he? I can’t remember.

25. geoff - August 1, 2011

Or does he? I can’t remember.

Oh he existed, all right. He was in all places at all times.

26. geoff - August 1, 2011

Hey SeeDub – if you want to post at Ace’s, I betcha we could get you in. Or, if you promise to fan Michael with a big banana leaf (his power is out, so his A/C is dead), I’m sure he’d let you post here.

Everybody is over at H2 commenting away, BTW. Just click on the link on the sidebar.

i’m going to put me up a boring post on GDP growth vs. tax revenues, and then head on over myself.

27. Captain Jamil Hussein - August 1, 2011

Get thee behind me! I remain, as another semi-fictional lawman once said, retired, relieved, and rejoicing.

28. geoff - August 1, 2011

I remain, as another semi-fictional lawman once said, retired, relieved, and rejoicing.

I’ve retired about 4 times. I think I’m out,but I pull myself back in.

Mr. Willpower.

29. Captain Jamil Hussein - August 1, 2011

BTW I thought this was kinda cool: http://www.ithacaaudio.com/2010/11/24/world-war/

30. geoff - August 1, 2011

That was cool – my son and I both enjoyed it.

31. Michael - August 2, 2011

Hi SeeDub!

*waves*

32. Captain Jamil Hussein - August 7, 2011

Hey Michael–

So I took my kids to Vacation Bible School at a local Lutheran church and they were invited to sing the songs they learned at VBS in today’s service. So I took them. And in the parking lot before we went in, my oldest said “Now Dad…what EXACTLY is the difference in Lutherans and Anglicans?”

Even my google-equipped smartphone couldn’t give her a satisfactory answer. I explained that both churches were founded in about the 1530’s in protest of Roman doctrines, but beyond that the best I could come up with was this:

I. If you want to hear music by famous Lutheran J.S. Bach, you should probably go to an Anglican church, and
II. Lutherans sacrifice virgins to Moloch by the light of the full moon, whereas there aren’t just aren’t enough Anglican virgins to do that.

Besides those key differences, what do you see as the substantive differences between Anglicanism and Pure Lutheran Doctrine?

33. Retired Geezer - August 7, 2011

Trouble Brewing.


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