Some of you might not know this, but I’ve been doing a live show every Monday called SPACE58 with my friend Tahj Mowry on Ustream. Tonight is our Season 1 finale, beginning at 6PM PST / 9PM ET and I’d really love it if you joined us to watch. The show in itself allows us to directly communicate and converse with viewers, which once again maximizes digital social interaction (one of my favorite things in the world). We now get over 100 000 viewers per episode and I can’t begin to express my gratitude. If you’re around on this (maybe) boring Monday night, definitely tune in, I’d love to talk to you guys live.
I’ve finally decided to add an “Ask Box” on my profile to allow direct interaction with my followers. One of the elements that fascinates me most about Tumblr is the way we all socially interact through creativity, common interests and reflection. People are a lot more careful with the content they post here because your profile is created to reflect your personality and character (as possible as it is over the Internet). Tumblr doesn’t encourage any form of impulsive blabber, which tends to be extremely common on other social networking platforms. This allows us to maintain intellectual value and higher quality content. I spend a lot of time observing other profiles and am really fascinated by the different takes people have on situations and life. If I like what you post, I’ll follow you and hope that my page will provide you with the same satisfaction. I’d love to get to know my followers better so please take this opportunity to communicate and share your ideas, whether you agree or disagree with my views.
“Just the fact that people seem to be getting dumber and dumber. You know, I mean we have all this amazing technology and yet computers have turned into basically four figure wank machines. The internet was supposed to set us free, democratize us, but all it’s really given us is Howard Dean’s aborted candidacy and 24 hour a day access to kiddie porn. People… they don’t write anymore, they blog. Instead of talking, they text, no punctuation, no grammar: LOL this and LMFAO that. You know, it just seems to me it’s just a bunch of stupid people pseudo-communicating with a bunch of other stupid people at a proto-language that resembles more what cavemen used to speak than the King’s English.”—Hank Moody, Californication.
Sometimes I wish that I could genuinely see what people think of me and understand the foundation they use for basing their argument. Although we all have distinct personalities, the perception of it changes depending on which characteristics people decide to focus on. You could be the “nicest person in the world” (to some), I guarantee that you’d find at least one person in the world who would see you as a complete douche bag. Would they be “wrong”? Not necessarily, it would purely depend on their definition and how they associate it to you. This new generation’s amazing progress has created so many opportunities through technological advancements, while opening millions of doors to criticism. Internet has become the new body language. A language that is unfortunately controlled by the public, leading to the growth of unreliable facts. Maybe you aren’t a douche bag and that one person was completely mislead by a beautiful bunch of bullshit. The truth is we all make false assumptions at some point in our lives.
We tend to judge people using past experiences and instincts, which can often lead to misinterpretations. We all have prejudices that we’ve created for ourselves throughout life, whether they be big or small, which can blind us from the truth. We tend to rely on others that we deem trustable to educate us with moral lessons and wisdom because it’s always easier to be helped. Sometimes we even create our own truths, and subconsciously believe them. If your best friend who you’ve known all your life tells you something that sounds even remotely reasonable, the chances are you’ll believe them and register that piece of information in your brain. You would maybe mildly doubt its origin for a few seconds, then brush off the doubt with the old “I trust you”. If we firmly believe something and want to, our prediction will validate itself and turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. The same process takes place when it comes to formulating opinions about others. A lot of times we’ll even try to figure someone one out before actually meeting them and keep that same preconceived image in mind until we’re severely proven wrong.
This post isn’t in any way a diatribe geared towards someone or something specific but rather one of the times I reflect on the different algorithms of life. What are your thoughts on this subject?
It’s a pretty big day in my life today as I’ve hit that beautiful age they call the 20 mark. Although I’m “that guy” that doesn’t like birthdays and will complain about it weeks before it hits, I must say that the anticipation was far more painful than the actual sensation. A new year means new opportunities to succeed, more chances to create unforgettable experiences, and overall, time to look back at all the significant people who have contributed to thebuilding of your character. Our personalities are nothing more than pure mashups of different people’s traits that we’ve extracted through a personal interpretation. They’re the ones that keep you smiling when you need it and when you don’t. They’re the ones who will send you a message at a random time of the day to ensure that you’re doing well, without any sort of agenda. These are the people who demand no other favor from you aside from your happiness and well being. Honestly, if you can think of one person that has had an impact like that on your life, consider yourself successful. Real people and true values are a lot harder to find than you’d think and it’s important to cherish everything that you have. The recipe for life is a lot simpler when you have the right ingredients. Thoughts?