Family, Life, Online Identity, Social Media, Technology, Three Things

THREE THINGS 2016.3

BOWIE

I never met the dude in real life but his passing has really had an effect on me. I think it comes from one simple thing: the man created honest and pure art that genuinely brought happiness and excitement into the world. Bowie’s final album ★ is a brilliant piece of art that should be enjoyed/examined by everyone. I hope that when I am 68-69 years old I am still capable of creating such amazing things.

SPLIT

https://twitter.com/jhodestroyer/status/690574964953604096

I am a Gemini and I have talked about that before. The older that I get the more I see that I am really two ideas living inside of one body. I am becoming very ok with this! I think the best thing that I have attempted to do is split myself into those two ideas and have outlets for both of them. You can’t suppress who you are! You just gotta be.

SOCIAL

Social media is a big thing for me and wrestling with identity in social media is something I think about a lot. I aim to be as authentic and available as possible in this life. I think there are some struggles with that! I found this post by TotalBiscuits (who I was not familiar with until I saw this post) to be very inspiring and spot on when it comes to what social media is/can do to someone. While I am not in the same situation as TotalBiscuits (he has cancer, I do not), I do find what he is saying to be very honest when it comes to social media:

Look, let’s be real here about the reality of what could happen over the next few years. In a few years, I could very well be dead—two to three [years to live] average is what I’m given for this particular form of this disease. I intend to outlive that by a significant margin, but if it ends up being the last few years of my life, I want to spend them not being fucking miserable. And if that involves disconnecting from everybody, so be it.

My family is gonna come first, my fucking mental health is gonna come first. The expectation that everyone who ever made it on the Internet’s gotta be constantly connected to their fans all the time 24 hours a day 24/7 is insane. It’s unreasonable. Nobody can fucking handle it. Nobody. [sighs] God. You have no idea how many of my friends are in therapy just because of this job.

Read the full post here and think about things.

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2 thoughts on “THREE THINGS 2016.3”

  1. I think it just may be time for me to let go of Twitter. I just don’t use it. My other thought is to maybe restructure my account in a way that gets me using it. I start a new job this summer–whee!–that is focused on instruction, so I will need the support of all the library instruction folks out there. The non-library news stuff I follow through FB as it is. It’s always good to assess your social media use/misuse. I found I was way happier without ALA Think Tank. Lol! #stayingstrong

  2. I try to keep Twitter for mostly librarianish thoughts (though my disparate nerderies do intrude) and FB as the way to connect with friends and family who are spread out all over the country/world. As a new librarian-in-training, I find ALA Think Tank to be… mostly positive. I don’t really contribute unless people have RA questions & I have solid suggestions. I tune out of any drama that might unfold.

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