The longer I live on-line, the more I am amazed at little things. Little things I notice in other people on line.
There is a rift growing between people right now. Sometimes I think that I am the only one who notices it. (Of course, then I get on-line and talk to you and I know that I’m not alone.) Being digital is not just a book I never read. It is a lifestyle. I am digital. I don’t know how or why it came to be. One day I woke up, and I was digital. The strange thing is, I know you are too. I know very few people IRL who are digital. It is hard to communicate with them. Often. It is hard to express <grin> or <smooch> or *heart* to them. It is hard to explain what being digital means to them. I feel like they just don’t get it. I know that we Residents of Bloggerville have been over the get it meme already. I don’t know. I talk to some of you daily. We are very much alike. We have so many of the same thoughts that sometimes it is downright freaky. We say the same things. We say them to each other and we rarely say them IRL. I blog for me. I am a rockstar. Mornin’ Sam. Mornin’ Ralph. I am a flirt. I am a barrel o’ laughs. I am an eMail whore. I am a linkslut. I am alone. I am alone. I am not alone. (Don’t take it personally, of course. I know that some of you are fascinated by my ramblings. But if http://www.davidgagne.net/ disappeared tomorrow, how many of you would cry about it?) But I feel like this rift is growing. I feel like eventually the people IRL are going to see that I am digital and that IRL is where I go when I am not here, and not the other way around. I am mildly scared by this. Amused. Excited. What will happen when the walls are digital? I know that it will happen soon. Five years? Ten? And then we will all be digital all the time.
Will the people IRL know that they are not IRL? What will happen when there is no IRL? Will the people that are digital be in charge somehow? I don’t know. But it’s certainly a fun trip.
(I don’t really like the term IRL. I know so much about so many of you, I feel like it is denigrating to act like you are not IRL to me. You are. I hope I am to you, as well.)