It seems I am slowly withdrawing from the Internet. I believe it is safe to say I was one of the pioneers in 1994 when a limited supply of Internet connections became available in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In January this year, I deactivated my personal Facebook account for many reasons. One of the more important reasons was that I simply can’t stand the way how the nerds who run the show there deal with nudity. However, I left my professional photography page up on FB. I must have had a very good reason when I decided to do so, but I forgot what it was, so I might deactivate that page too.
In a way, a large network like FB is a ‘global society’ governed by a single corporation. Or by just one sexually frustrated nerd, if you please. If that is not enough to scare the hell out of people, nothing ever will.
I still have Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and a few others, but I rarely use these accounts. I really see no point in using them. I am too old to fake enthusiasm for things that do not interest me. It is okay to know that some star in some forgotten movie has died, but I really do not need to be reminded of this dramatic event by thousands of network users individually. I don’t need to know what my ‘friends’ are having for lunch either. And for fuck’s sake… I really do not need to know their religious and political views. It is just too much information.
The Internet has changed a lot over the years. We now live in an era where Internet connectivity is built into almost every object. In my humble opinion, the smartphone is the most obnoxious gadget around. I have photo models sitting in front of me checking their phones every 20 or 30 seconds. It reminds me of the Sony Walkman in the 1980s. In case of an emergency like a blazing fire on the first floor, you had to literally tear the headphones from people’s heads to get your message through.
But most of all people handle smartphones like they used to go for their cigarettes anytime someone asked them a question that wasn’t easy to answer. I try to be polite about it, but it is my strong conviction that smartphones not only promote antisocial behavior, but they will also stress you to death much faster than any amount of cigarettes will ever make you suffer from terminal cancer.
So, I created this little social network that will most probably never host more than fifty people so I may enjoy social networking in one way or another. For the rest, I will focus on what I like to do best — photography.