[symple_testimonial]Where and how do we draw the line between having access to recorded information and discovery through a real world interaction?[/symple_testimonial]
So last Wednesday I found myself attending my first ever live stand up comedy show at Pan Pacific Hotel. I had ended up there because several days before that, a Facebook ad for Dwayne Perkins’s show had appeared on my timeline and had gotten my attention. Having missed shows by Rusell Peters, I thought, maybe I should check this guy out.
And so I did. I went over to Youtube, searched “Dwayne Perkins” and spent the next 30 mins or so watching various segments of his performance. At the end of it, I thought, “Ok. He’s pretty good.” and went ahead to buy the tickets.
Fast forward to Wednesday, I see Dwayne Perkins come up onto the stage and start going through his routine. It’s his first time in Singapore I think so he starts off with a couple of localised jokes before he starts his main stuff. And that’s where there was a problem. I had heard it all on Youtube! I ended up so fixated on, “Omg. I’ve heard this before. How is it that this guy can crack each joke a million times and still show such genuine facial expressions?”
But this got me thinking. A joke only has that level of comedy the first time you hear it and if so, us watching it online does 2 things:
- It kills the experience of watching it live
- It must be difficult for a comedian to constantly have to come up with new/unique content.
The first point made me ask more questions. (The second, well, isn’t my problem. haha)
If Youtube kills the experience of a show, does Facebook kill the experience of getting to know people? Too often because the people around us post stuff about themselves and we hang out too much on Facebook, we know what happens to them before they even tell us. And when we do meet and they tell us, we have to pretend like it’s news.
Do sites like LinkedIn open doors more than it closes? Or do they just allow folks to ‘judge’ you quickly without giving you a chance to properly show your capabilities?
Where and how do we draw the line between having access to recorded information and discovery through a real world interaction?
Maybe people shouldn’t share so much about themselves so that it leaves room for ‘mystery’. But that’s what some people already do right? In fact some even fabricate stuff to make themselves more interesting than they really are.
Maybe the ‘burden’ should lie on the content consumer instead- maybe we should go around snooping too much into other people’s lives or watch too many videos online (obviously because most of it is pirated anyway so they’re meant to be spoilers to the real deal).
Most of us are, of course, both consumers and producers…
It’s been a long week. Maybe I’m thinking too much. Or maybe i’m just stalking people and celebrities too much…