It's OK to turn the phone off
|A Kingston worker installing a flag on a pole on Broadway.|
Like, for instance, 'donkeyball' is a thing that happens in the Catskills and, yes, people have noticed.
SUNY New Paltz, Bard, Marist and the other area colleges, however, have a lot of anonymous young people saying exactly the kinds of things you'd think anonymous young people would say.
No, you can't call your professor "babe."
Yet, having the Gray Lady report on The Next Cool Thing is pretty much a sign that the olds have gotten notice, and the youngs will go to a new social media thing that will appear and disappear before you figure out what it means. Last week, for instance, Meerkat was having a thing in Media Twitter. And then:
I hope Meerkat enjoyed its run http://t.co/BueBfgMiv3The news media have a complicated relationship with social networks. Did you know local media have a snapchat dilemma? LOLOLOL.
— Joshua Benton (@jbenton) March 9, 2015
YES @lissaharris WHAT IS YOUR SNAPCHAT STRATEGY?Small local news organizations don't let small local news organizations snapchat, or Vine, or pin, or Tumblr, but we do it anyway? We should ask Jelly.
— Ivan Lajara (@ivanlajara) April 25, 2014
This is all made possible by phones, the future garbage we are all buying.
These, by the way, are all items I would expect Gigaom to thoughtfully cover. But it shut down yesterday, after running out of money. So instead, you get this snarky post. This is why we can't have nice things, so follow us on Instagram?
Anyway, the lesson here is that you and me and even your brands have to bring it down a notch. There are too many shows and too many apps and too many sites and not enough time. So let's prioritize. It's OK to not be on everything. It's OK to turn the phone off.
Yes, I'm talking to myself.
* Catskill Mountain Railroad, obvs.
* Kingston sinkhole, obvs.
* Kingston mayor has little to say about somebody who opposes him.
Yesterday's Internet, Today! today got a little too social media-centric, but hey, that's what I do. Anyway, you still got a Google Glass photo with a mini story, some links passed around the day before or this morning, four trending-but-crimeless Daily Freeman stories and a cat. Tell your friends to subscribe, for freesies.