I consider the following to be inappropriate uses of the technology of communication:
- texting someone while standing at their door
- chain letters
- cell phone conversations while on a train or bus
- GPS, when used to get from home to work and back again
- automated telemarketing
- having your homework faxed to you in 3rd grade because you forgot it at the other parent's house
- emails with only one sentence
Writing a blog post reminds me a lot of writing a note. It must concisely fit on one page but has room enough for a whole story. It can be wordy, or contain doodles, or enclose pictures or other ephemeralia of life. It can be about anything, or nothing. And since it can be intercepted by anyone, it must (as with all good notes) use code, pseudonym, and other forms of abbreviated insider knowledge. In short, I think blogs are the new hand-crafted, passed-under-the-desk, written-in-purple-ink-and-folded-into-intricate-origami-contraptions, notes.
Since we stopped living together when I was twelve and you were eight I have always wanted to share the world with you again. I've squeezed bits and pieces into emails and envelopes, bombarded you with blurry cell phone photos, collected bits of magazines and made you collages, crafted intricate stick figure cartoons at which you could roll your eyes. Every day I come up with something new you should know about. (Yesterday it was men wearing leggings as pants - more on that later.)
Today I would like to tell you this: I think this blog is a good idea, and an appropriate use of technology.
your luddite sister