I went to the Grammys with my wife this Sunday. (we know someone who works for the Grammy foundation...thats how.)
One remarkable thing we noticed is that we were often the only people who were actually paying full attention to the performance. All around us people had their cell phones out and were texting, recording, snapping pictures and talking to friends. "OMG can u c me on TV?" has replaced "Oh my god, I can't believe I'm here."
At our wedding we had a friend do our photos and we didn't have a videographer. One of the things that bugs me is when a wedding is transformed from a joyous occasion into a photo shoot or movie of what a joyous occasion might look like if the photographer and videographer weren't ordering everyone around. For a long time the recording of an experience has threatened to obscure the experience.
With this new social mediated world the digital sharing of the experience threatens to obscure the experience.
You can spend your whole life interacting with people without ever touching them or doing anything.
Thanks for reading this. Now give me a call and lets meet for coffee...or come over and play some music or basketball or chess or chutes and ladders.