So I’m noticing a conflict, a tension, a build-up of frustration even. I’m not just noticing it inside myself, but also from the many other workshop participants I’ve been working with over at the Digital Health Workshops. It’s this:
Life-streaming services feel like they’re important, but for all the time they ask of me, what do they give back to me that actually matters?
Obviously, I love life-streaming. I love knowing that I’m collecting my fragments - videos, images, texts, tweets etc for prosperity. Services like: Twitter, Evernote, Miomi, Flickr (Mr Bowbrick’s favourite), Rememble and many more, are great and evolving and intertwining every day.
Here’s the thing: most of us are time poor
In the main, we’re working harder than ever and have more things than ever competing for our time and attention (which of course reduces the quality of the attention we give things but that’s another blog post…). So even if we do use any of these services on a regular basis - how will we ever get time to re-enjoy any of it?
So what’s the point? What are we really learning from digitally remembering things?
For me it’s:
- A sense of self / awareness
- A sense of what is important to me
- A sense of my character (good/surprising or not)
- And a weird feeling that my extended digital brain is somehow in order and healthy. Strange but comforting.
That’s all very nice, but where is life-streaming going?
It’s sucking time from our real life, so what does it deliver in return? For me it has to be tangible, physical. It has to make something new and of real benefit happen in our actual real lives. A mix of Rememble and School Of Everything anyone?
[Posted by Gavin O’Carroll]
social bookmarking links:
- All memories are false: all memories are true
- The Conflict: Memory Aids, Life-Streaming & Being Time-Poor
- Remembering everything forever
- Enterprise Centre for the Creative Arts (ECCA): Case Study the Rememble Launch
- Extremely Retro Blogging
- New Year New Menu
- Rememble on Intruders TV
- Catching Up with Ourselves and Being Live
- Rememble Launches at Future Of Web Apps London!
- Remembling in Four Figures