When real time fluff got loud enough to pierce my hype-proof bubble I honestly thought it was misunderstanding. I mean what is the purpose of hyping concept so inherently flawed, except by mistaken association with services like Twitter.
Apparently it outlived my expectations and managed to create trend of perceived values appreciation, where there is little amount of real ones.
…is good. Or at least supposed to be.
Real time is strongly associated with instant access to information. People claim that such instant stream has changed their lives and is vastly better than usual information consumption.
Human being sleeps eight hours a day. Less and you might have a problem, more and I envy you.
Concept of instant information being extra important is nuts when you spend one third of lifetime out of information loop. I have great trouble with practice of subscribing to multiply sources of information and then discarding outdated items because you can’t cope with a flow.
I choose my subscriptions on absolute certainty that I will find valuable info in most of content. It doesn’t matter how instant it is, I will go through every piece of it anyway. Throwing this value out of the window for massive stream of information that is worse, but real time – is crazy.
…is needed. Or information becomes speculation.
What the fuck had just exploded!?
(pardon my French) Would be good example of how much accuracy goes into real time information. It tells you:
- something dangerous had happened;
- someone was unlucky enough to be close;
- and it is an event with strong emotional impact.
Or fridge fell in that someone’s kitchen.
I find it highly improbable that complex and interesting events can be correctly perceived and described in real time.
Yes, it can draw highly emotional picture. Same sad crap factor news love to nurture, because people are suckers for it. One of my informational goals is to encounter as little negative and dark stuff as possible. I don’t want it and I don’t need it. Sad crap that ended up being a mistake is even dumber to spend your attention on.
…is needed. Or why do we even care.
Real time news are mistaken for table tennis. Fun, cool and if you are fast enough you can also play.
Life isn’t small white ball. Most people won’t admit it, but in many cases we lack brain and skills to assess how important for us information really is. In such cases we (knowingly or not) rely on assessment of others, who do possess skills needed or are simply smart enough to interpret complex information better.
Real time takes third party out, you get fast and raw stream without extra notes.
For information that requires to take important action I would like a second opinion. For information I have trouble understanding I would like clear explanations. I do not want to hear same thing shouted hundred times instead of clearly spoken once.
Real time information seems like a really nice thing. But priorities are upside down. It is fast and emotional, features that may increase entertainment value, but grossly decrease informational part.
You do not lose track of life by going to sleep, you simply postpone it a bit. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.