OK, sharing. Sharing is the passing around of information, of memes (not in the internet sense). This, along with communications, has changed a lot over the years. Back in the caveman days, everyone shared everything. The problem was, there wasn't much to share, so sharing didn't take long and was overlooked.
This is following yesterday's post, still. So, as you'd imagine, sharing went down with the Victorians. People were private, and they thought no one wanted to know about their business, unless they were the queen or Sir something-or-other. Sharing was bad. Bad.
Then, as you should know if you read yesterday's post, sharing bloomed again after the war, and with the rise of the internet. But, and oh ho ho the similarities with yesterday's post keep on coming, sharing is becoming overused. How? Out of the pure ease of sharing. Just by clicking on a few things and typing a few letters, you can share your business with the whole world, split-second publishing.
|One of many logos which has become synonymous with sharing|
So what's the solution? As far as I can see, there is none. We'll build up this bank of useless data so that actual news will be left out; I'm sure most teenagers spend more time on Facebook than watching the news (I do). And there's reason behind this madness, too: people are more interested in stuff happening with their friends, with people they know, than stuff happening in the wider world. This is going to lead to a lack of care for other cultures, but ultimately we're making massive problems for ourselves. Modern day people thrive off sharing, whether it be URLs, blogs, FarmVille achievements or details of how they made a cup of tea - and we're depending more and more on technology.
Such reliance comes at a price - a price that will become very real if there is a crash in the Google servers, or a virus gets into the Yahoo servers, or the Twitter severs are destroyed... with no internet, the world's a mess. Perhaps we need to connect more physically with other people around the world, to go to places, to have some relationships and friendships through physical communication, else we'll all be screwed if the internet goes down.