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I'm just throwing this out here for anyone to see because it's so awesome: Retronaut. If you like abandoned buildings, old photographs, weird memorabilia, vintage or retro, history's junkpiles, haunting or poignant figments of the past of any kind, this is the site for you. Just don't come crying to me when you find it's done a TVTropes on you and sucked up your whole afternoon, that's all :)
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Something I've noticed about the internet these days is that everything's supposed to be connected to everything else. Half the blog tools out there have options to cross-post entries to FaceBook etc., and both here and on Twitter it's a built-in feature that your friends list or followers/followees - all the Venn diagrams of your online relationships - are common property for anyone who visits your page. And I couldn't find out the results of the Crazy Writer quiz without giving the application read and write access to my Twitter account, so I'll never get to find out whether I'm William Burroughs or Philip K. Dick. Woe.

It seems like Web 2.0 is driving a sea change in internet manners, a reversal of the compartmentalising mindset I'm more used to online. Instead of using different tools for different purposes, with different identities to control and separate our various social spheres and activities, we're supposed to merge all our internet behaviour into one big fuzzy interconnected mass; moreover, judging by the way this access is implemented (via functionality presented as cool toys or helpful utilities) we're supposed to want that.

I don't get it.

Now, I'm not really Philip K. Dick, so it's not about paranoia. This is obviously happening because enough people do want their online things combined, collated, amalgamated. But that's just not me. I have circles of friends that don't overlap; I have geeky writing stuff that I prefer to attach to a faceless cipher of a username; I have interests I talk about online which my 'real life' friends don't share and would probably find eccentric at best. (Stop looking at me like that! I meant comics!) I like compartments; and if I look at the various unrelated and unrelating groups of people in my real life, the distinct differences in personality and culture that set them apart and make them awkward at weddings, those compartments seem more natural, more representative of real social networks, than the privacy-light, extended happy family my blog options are trying to engineer for me.

Or am I just being old-fashioned?


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