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Filters and not Funnels

The amount of information available to me
at any moment
is overwhelming.
Give me a filter over a funnel anyday.
I like filters
and not funnels

I am deluged with numbers
swamped by words.
Information chases me/pursues me with
bloodhound persistance
Messages, almost all of them meaningless,
are laying seige to my email box
looking for pinhole portals to enter my world
and become an entity.

Their attack is relentless.
I fight. I stand. I keep my guard up.
I could easily become like Moses
giving attention to the growing queue of requests
an endless line that grows when fed.
Each answer I send to pacify the requests
only creates more questions
more work/more information/ more swarming message-wasps
targeting the weak areas of my defense
I learn not to ask questions out of politeness
since I am adding to another person's swarm
as well as sending a pigeon
that will return to join my own noisy flock.
I delete messages in bulk
dozens at a time.
Before I click the extermination button
I glance through the list of names
that are somewhat recognizable
yet fail to bring up memories
generic friends I never had
They are selling the same product
to a tiny percentage of strangers
I am nothing to them
I feel violated.
because somebody stole my name and sold it.
but even worse
somebody is now stealing my time
and adding numbers to complicate my day

I desire more empty space in my schedule.
I desire silence
not the buzzing of the swarm.
I desire blankness on my computer
not bits and pieces that I will have to chase down one day
and re-establish their reason to exist
I love the color white on my computer screen
because it represents nothing
no code, no work, no stimulus.
I like filters.
and not funnels.
Filters stop the noisy, mindless activity.
I will spend money on filters more than funnels.
Filters make me wealthy by giving me less work to do
less emails to answer
less spam to delete
less pop-ups to click away
They take away the work that should not have happened
and that did not happen
and in exchange give me rest
a less complicated life

Funnels are for old-school people
They were taught that information was priceless
They were taught to pay attention to everything
to wait until the end of the message
They were taught that information must be apprehended
They are unguarded, vulnerable, easy targets.
They cant resist the temptation of knowledge acquisition.
data accumulation
They download emptiness
even worse,
they reproduce it
and send it on to those without filters.
What are they saying?
1. I have lots of spare time
2. I have apprehended a resource
3. I am old-school
4. My life is boring
3. I am insulting you by assuming you are so bored by life that you might actually read this.

I like filters
and not funnels

Posted by Andrew in Internet | Permalink


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