Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
“There’s this new neediness — it pervades everything.”
These are the words of a character in Dave Eggers’ new novel, The Circle, which seems to be about a monolithic information/social media corporation that consumes privacy like we breathe air.
Michele Filgate, writer and social media addict (it would appear), talks about this new neediness in a Salon piece this morning, describing how, thanks in part to the Eggers book, she persuaded herself to quit social media for a whole week. She’s back now, with a new set of rules that include — I’m sorry, but this is common sense, people — “no tweeting while walking.”
Watch the Louis C.K. clip above, which Filgate cites in her piece. What he says about smartphones applies to social media as well. “This new neediness” is really nothing new at all. It’s the human condition. We’re fundamentally alone and it’s scary, so we cling to the illusion of connectedness to keep from going mad.
And then we go mad anyway…