Tuning Out Ambient Intimacy


I’m taking a news media vacation… and by “news media” I include my online social networking activity, since the two have become mostly synonymous.

This isn’t easy — in addition to my thumb having a built-in Facebook app reflex, I enjoy connecting with friends online, sharing ideas and inspiration, developing a sense of what Leisa Reichelt calls “ambient intimacy:”

“Ambient intimacy is about being able to keep in touch with people with a level of regularity and intimacy that you wouldn’t usually have access to, because time and space conspire to make it impossible.”

Ambient intimacy is great for people on the go between airports and train stations, for far-flung long-lost friends, for rapidly response global teams, for people who didn’t realize when they barely knew each other in grade school that in fact they share many of the same interests and areas of exploration. I’m a fan of ambient intimacy… and unfortunately at times it seems like it’s the only kind of intimacy available.

But we know it’s not real intimacy, in several important ways.

One of those ways is this: With real intimacy, you can shut out the news media and focus on what matters. You can decide NOT to talk about the news, NOT to turn in the radio, NOT to enter a state of self-imposed alert.

In the space on Facebook and Twitter, the news is always on.

So I gotta bear the thumb-withdrawal and tune out.

For a few days anyway…

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My blog is at: http://danspira.com. My face in real life appears at a higher resolution, although I do feel pixelated sometimes.

Posted on April 19, 2013, in Productivity, Social Media and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. It’s been a good, focused week… I’m going to have to do this kind of thing more often… or hire a social media ghost writer.

    Re-entering the atmosphere now… yesterday I limited my media diet to 60 seconds… now going for 120 seconds…

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