No more negi

2 Oct


It’s like for centuries us British kept our stiff upper lips firmly intact and kept quiet about our emotions. Our feelings stayed well and truly under wraps, discussion was functional (we were better at fighting than talking it out – see also World War I and II).

Then, with the advent of a new technological dawn, we can’t keep our virtual mouths shut. Out pours our suppressed rage at the woman in front of you in the supermarket queue whose snot-faced child won’t stop crying (on the bus home via Twitter, of course, not to the woman’s face). The stories of our sex lives, or lack thereof, comes gushing (excuse the expression) forth in a flurry of sloppily punctuated sentences via our facebook status updates.  We’re tweeting, blogging, microblogging, updating, rating, slating and debating like the Internet’s going to disappear. And we’re all seemingly pretty pissed off about pretty much everything.

Understandable, after such a long hiatus from expressing ourselves freely that we should embrace it with such gusto. The last time we daubed our emotional wellbeing or deficit of said wellbeing on record is probably those cave paintings you see on the Discovery Channel – when you get chance to look up from your laptop in between updates, of course.

The Internet is indeed carte blanche, that deliciously clean slate ready to be sullied with an atrocious amount of user generated content. It’s an infinite resource (or so I’m told). It’s not like a diary or a notepad that can run out of pages, and we even have password protect and ‘friends only’ facilities to ensure that prying eyes can’t find our scribbled outpourings stuffed underneath the mattress and unearth their dirty secrets. Of course, no one uses the ‘protect’ options on their blogs, tweets and updates. That would defy the point of them. This point being that we can now moan as much as we like to an audience that’s as either rapt or as disinterested as we’d like to believe. Moreso, it’s an amazing tool with which to chisel out the already emerging passive-aggressive society that we live in. Passive-aggressive ambiguous facebook status updates are the virtual equivalent of slamming doors and then when your loved-one asks ‘What’ve I done wrong?’ you reply with ‘It’s nothing you’ve done‘. Lovely stuff. The Internet has become our huge public laundrette and boy, do we have dirty linen to air.

My point is, there’s so much content out their being generated that’s so negative. Now, we all know the clichés – better out than in (or is that about farts?), a problem shared, etc. But wasn’t the world so much nicer when people used to just grin and bear it? Hasn’t anyone got anything positive to say, anymore?

By the by, I do recognise the painful irony in this post, the fact that I’m griping about people griping, but that’s the nature of user generated content. It’s both the hand that feeds and the hand that taketh away. We’re all our own worst enemy. I’m going to combat this by finding nice content on the Internet and sharing it with you, fair reader. Not funny, not shocking, not lusty or any of the usual things we while away hours watching on You Tube or other less… ahem… salubrious sites.

Each post in this blog will focus on being positive. I’ll concentrate on something that’s brightened my day, either online or offline. And chances are if something happens offline it ends up online in some form anyway, it’s like the two worlds can’t exist independently of each other.

Positive action for today:

Creating a blog to celebrate all things posi.

My question to you:

What have you done today to balance out some of the negi rubbish circulating the information super highway (does anyone call it that anymore? Even mums?)



3 Responses to “No more negi”

  1. Leah October 14, 2009 at 10:16 pm #

    Aw Gem, such a happy soul. Your blog is basically the polar opposite of mine.
    I disagree though – the world wasn’t a better place when we all had to grin and bear it. We just didn’t have as many outlets from which to moan about it!
    Keep spreading the joy.
    Your ranty friend x

    • Leah October 14, 2009 at 10:20 pm #

      And because we had fewer outlets from which to express our distaste, rage and frustration with modern life, it built up and up until we killed lots of people. Which is why statistics show murders have decreased rapidly in line with the rise of blogs.

  2. beatifnik October 14, 2009 at 10:27 pm #

    Hello! I only just worked out that I have to approve comments before they appear, how silly of me. Thanks for the kind words (and the words of wisdom!). I do enjoy a good slice of Smell My Cheese so keep up the good work!


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