Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bithday Wishes Pt2

I couldn't write more when I did the initial "Birthday Wishes" post. So here's more. Elaboration from the initial pointless post :p

Technology's awesome. I cant imagine my life without facebook. I cant imagine myself applying for jobs, sending hundreds of copies of resume on snail mail. I cant imagine being so far away, not able to contact my loved ones. I cant imagine watching TV with 3 channels on, full of crappy dramas.

Oh well.. Maybe I can, but I refused to.

The world is getting smaller almost entirely a good thing. But hmmmm.... I think it gets meaningless over time.
Back in my school-ing days, we were still on film camera. Every shot counts since there's only 12, 24 or 36 shots available on one roll of films. To have it printed takes 3-4 days. It was kinda an exciting event to see the final product. 36 photos was all we had. But they all matters. Now, we have digital camera of which has a minimum capacity to store 1,000 photos; 36 shots only last u one pose at one place on one angle. So which of those 1,000 matters to u? Maybe less than 200 of them after flicking thru all of them for a million times. Hmmmmm....

Before mobile phones gets so mobile as it is right now, people were a lot more punctual. A meet up was as simple as fixing a date, time and venue, and turning up on the day. There's no mobile phone to tell the other person that we're going to be late. There's no room for delay. I think I stopped being punctual after awhile, because as much as I tried to be late, I will still be early. It gets annoying. I guess its easier to just follow the "technology" flow. Punctuality decrease as technology advancement increase. Shouldn't it suppose to be the other way around?

Do you remember the time pre-friendster-and-facebook era? Do you remember those biodata book and those fancy organizers you have? U have ur friends name and addresses, phone number, birth date all on that thing. Owh and favorite food, drinks and color. Anyway... That time u would send cards for ur friends birthday. Its not an easy thing, so you would only send it to those that matters. A close friend. A real friend. A meaningful wish. So to actually get a card, is a thing. To have a friend remember ur birthday is enough of an appreciation.

When sms era starts, I was already annoyed. 30 text messages in one day with similar template messages. It was too easy. It wasn't as meaningful anymore. Well.. It gets worst today. 100 messages posted on ur wall in one day... because ur birth date is clearly posted on ur wall. I experimented people's reliance on friendster/facebook. Mentioned this in the previous post. Its proven. Even my roommate didn't remember my birth date. I remember Hudra and Shasha messaging me saying "I thought u were born in August, why does it say July 7th?". Thanks girls, I appreciate those :)

Its a bonus to have a program to remind us when's important dates are. I'm not really saying those wishes on ur profile wall do not matter. Just that I think, it would be better off be remembered for being part of someone else's life. To have ur day planted in someone's memory matters more. To hear a person's voice feels more "human" than to read a writing on a virtual space. At least for me...


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