Original article [via Alex Jones]

Television

It’s mainly there to function as a way of displaying images from my computer, or to offer visitors a way to follow their favourite TV shows, or to provide a way to play videogames (usually done by visitors – I never have time).

I terminated the license years ago, and the Norwegian state broadcasting sent a threatening letter that I should surrender the TV set. Of course I refuse and after many years they have given up the fight.

Facebook

I have Facebook but it’s closed to friends only. It’s sometimes useful as my younger friends don’t know the difference between an email and an Instant Message. Plus I get to see my friends comment on local or international events, share pictures and so on. I can see when people have birthdays. Social networks are as useful as your real social network. But the digital version of your social network should never replace your real network.

Here is the danger; a new generation is being programmed not to write (paper)letters or emails, they are always connected and communicate through SMS and Instant Chat, and think that whoever is not connected to this digital world – simply are excluded.

I notice how young people lose the art of communication and especially the art of dialogue between humans. I can sit at a café and have a conversation with someone, but the moment that person reaches for his iPhone or Android tablet, that person is out of the conversation and has disappeared into.. what? Something useful? Hardly. It can wait.

Twitter

Twitter sucks, I cannot suffer being restricted to a 100-or-so-characters-only kind of medium.

It’s like thinking on what to write on your tomb:

Why I was on this planet (in 134 characters)