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The Lack of Time Media Diet

I’ve gone from an abundance of time to scarcity but find that the constraints often lead to better decisions.

My media diet is drastically different. Healthier in many ways, shockingly unhealthy in others.

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The constant 24 hour news cycle is gone from my life. I moved to a once a week cycle by reading the Economist on my iPad, but even that is a fading habit.

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I spend my commutes listening to podcasts, primarily Put Your Hands Together, which records a live stand-up comedy show each week. Sometimes the sets are amazing - sometimes they are so-so, and sometimes people bomb. It’s “real” and refreshing and I love it. It reminds me of when I first discovered stand-up when it was a huge part of Comedy Central programming in the 90’s. But this is rawer - those were generally far more polished sets.

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My relationship with Twitter is becoming undone, and perhaps a harbinger of my entire view of the personal web. This site’s lack of content being another sad result.

As I was wondering if I had reached an inflection point in my lifetime of a “published self” or if this was just another life stage with a lack of time and distinct priorities, Ian wrote to me:

Feels like I can see a saturation point to “putting oneself on the internet.” Maybe it’s a decade away, but I feel like its arrival is clear?

I responded:

quick answer is it’s already happening we just don’t see it because we’re old. Ie, snapchat.

Then I read this keynote presentation from Evan Spiegel of Snapchat and it seemed clearer.

Internet Everywhere means that our old conception of the world separated into an online and an offline space is no longer relevant. Traditional social media required that we live experiences in the offline world, record those experiences, and then post them online to recreate the experience and talk about it. […]

This traditional social media view of identity is actually quite radical: you are the sum of your published experience. […]

Snapchat relies on Internet Everywhere to provide a totally different experience. Snapchat says that we are not the sum of everything we have said or done or experienced or published – we are the result.

We are who we are today, right now. We no longer have to capture the “real world” and recreate it online – we simply live and communicate at the same time

There is no online and offline world, there is just the world.

(At least until we have VR that is – “better than real life – people will get lost in this and not want to leave” – which feels like it is only a few short years away.)

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