the church of facebook

I’m just finishing off Jesse Rice’s book, The Church of Facebook – a very interesting read on how we connect in this hyper-connected age.

and it got me thinking.

how do I connect? where do I find community?
when do I ‘feel’ the most connected to others?

for me, as much as I enjoy blogging and facebooking and twittering – there’s no replacement for the physical.
wrestling with my son, rocking my new daughter, and holding my wife’s hand will have no equal online – not to mention the inflection of a voice; the slight gesture of body language; and the smell (albeit a recently utilized diaper)

it never ceases to confound me how someone can share embarassingly intimate details about themself with any and every one online (or who happens to be their facebook friend) and yet when approached face to face will entirely avoid and/or deny the very existence of the admission.

I understand it to a degree, as there is sense of liberation when you share something and get it off your chest – but just so you know, it’s still real and it’s still out there.

most likely, you came upon this post via facebook or some such online thingy (a technical ethernet term) and I welcome your thoughts because you are already in ‘the know’.

– where do you find community? where do you belong?
– what role does online community play in your life?
– are we, as younger generations more or less lonely than the ones previous? or the same?
– what effect will this hyper-connectivity have on our relationships in years to come?

enough questions, my Blackberry (that I wished was an iPhone) is filling up with text messages, bbm’s, facebook notifications, emails, and other reminders that I live a lonely (although well-connected life)


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