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News in surround sound

27 Aug

Spending 8-5 four times a week researching news articles makes me feel incredibly (and often disgustingly) up to date with the world. From rallies to Gaga to technology, I am thoroughly wrapped up in society’s web. And I love it. I just hope I can pop the bubble once I walk out the door.

I’ve already gotten to that point of this kind of conversation:
Friend: Oh my gosh, I was just reading about John Mayer’s…
Me: I know.
Friend: Oh but what about that Amish perv…
Me: Yep.

I mean, I guess it’s a good thing. It’s almost like a rebirth, if you will. You know when you’re just rooting around the interwebs, and you come across about 8 things you wish you could text four different people about to tell them? Anyway, that and this article are what sparked my newfound interest in blogging:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-20014642-36.html

“‘The Social Network’ offers a despairing snapshot of society at the dawn of the 21st century, so advanced, so ‘connected,’ yet so closed and constrained by all the centuries-old prejudices and preconceptions about how our heroes and villains are supposed to look, sound, and act,” Foundas wrote. “For Mark Zuckerberg has arrived, and yet still seems unsettled and out of place.”

SERIOUSLY. it’s insane how interconnected we are. As I type this, I am keeping an eye on my iPhone, which keeps buzzing with text messages and emails from the gmail account I am NOT logged into on my computer. On my computer, I am logged into my work gmail, with gchats open to people IN MY BUILDING, FaceBook and Twitter are open and periodically checked, I am talking to someone in France on Skype, and I am constantly researching news articles to be posted on the Daily Caller’s website. In the background, I am awaiting phone calls to set up meetings with the outside world and the television is constantly going with news updates. It’s ridiculous.

“Whether it actually is as good as a handful of early reviewers say it is, “The Social Network” could really be the first major, zeitgeisty film that portrays the “digital generation,” or Generation Y, or whatever you choose to call it, as adults–the film that will be evoked for decades as emblematic of the climate that caused whatever generational neuroses that the “millennials” experience down the road. That’s something that the film’s excellent theatrical trailer, scored with a haunting choral cover of Radiohead’s “Creep,” starts to drum up with its emphasis on social status, the enormous amount of deeply intimate information shared online through social networks like Facebook, and a snippet set in a nightclub in which Justin Timberlake, portraying former Facebook executive Sean Parker, declares confidently, “This is our time.””

AHH. I really can’t wait to see this portrayal of society and see exactly how our generation appears. I love that window of what you and your friends know in relation to what the world knows. I have been doing some serious internalization lately, and I’m really excited for an outlet of release. THE WORLD IS SUCH AN INTERESTING PLACE.