Ambient Awareness

Facebook and Twitter help you keep track of every move made by your friends. But is this a good use of your time? ABC News talked to Clive Thompson, who wrote about the phenomena for the New York Times, what he calls "ambient awareness". Link to segment. Link to entire webcast. Link to New York Times article.

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As long as there are stupid, time wasting social networking sites to occupy the masses, there will be more opportunity for the rest of us to spend on more worthwhile endeavors. Much like pot and seeking out the latest indie music sensation, these indiscriminate pastimes of youth will be left in the dust when those people realize there are real and substantial things in the world that are far more worthy of their attention.

And yes, I RTFA.
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