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Okay, so it’s 2010. We’ve gotta figure out something besides an answering machine with no messages to show that someone’s lonely. I mean, come on.

Re-encountered this while going through my Tumblr likes. What could this be? An open G-chat window where the last line is stuck on “You have just entered text” or whatever it is? Clicking the Tumblr red new post button and the window refreshing without anything new popping up? A montage of someone cycling through three tabs - Twitter + Facebook + Email - on your browser? Tweeting a question and the time stamp is 9 hours ago and there are no RTs, favs or @ replies? No likes on a Facebook status? 

Damn. 

(via somethingchanged)

Stories online aren’t really stories right now. They’re like fragmentary reactions to things for the most part. They’re like little nerve firings. Very rarely are they fully formed thoughts and expressions and so on. So, I think creating a space that’s more about slowing down and contemplating and being introspective is a prerequisite for getting people to tell stories that have impact. When you design a space that encourages short, reactionary verse, people are going to give you short, reactionary verse. Maybe when you design a space that’s not encouraging that, people will use more depth in their self-expression.

One thing that’s always made me a bit sad is how Internet presentation seems to devalue content. So much art, writing, and news is suddenly available to us that each piece seems nearly a throwaway, lost in the gullet of our now-insatiable appetite for information. Here in the future, everyone is famous for 15kb. Fifteen reTweets. Fifteen LOLs. Should I work fifteen hours on something that will take fifteen seconds to read? The answer is yes, of course, because I love what I do, but after nearly a decade one wonders if one couldn’t do more for people with that time. Create greater and lengthier entertainment. I’d like to focus more on prose; despite the heavy foot I seem to have planted in the comics world, perhaps I can balance both by shifting the weight a bit. Some might count themselves kings of infinite space when bounded in the nutshell of six panels, but personally I’m finding it a bit cramped.