Nourishment From The Feed
They call it a “feed,” so you think it would eventually leave you feeling fed and sated. This is never the case. We know the feed as the thing that has no beginning, no end. One day it just started and off it went, into eternity.
The feed will be around long after we have all died. It will take years of our life with it.
We all fall into it, feel guilty about it, and want to break free from it. It’s a struggle I deal with personally. After all, I make stuff that goes into the feed. I want it to be the thing that maybe stops the flow for just a moment to grab your attention.
The feed continues.
We used to have portals. We used to have places that were curated and managed and developed. Archives were maintained, added to, and indexed.
Now it’s new. Always. Fresh on top. Something you’ve never seen before.
To little surprise, this is a question of quantity over quality. How long until you’re making so much stuff that no one cares what you’re making? When you aren’t so much trying to inform or be a resource, but instead are just asking for attention for no reason.
Feature films used to be in theaters for years, people would see the same movies over and over again. The same films would be packed down, moved to a new theater in a new town. By the time you finally got a chance to see something, it might have been showing for years. Times change, the speed of distribution changes with it, but people still clock The Godfather as one of their favorite movies.
We’re always looking for ways to make the products we buy more sustainable. Swapping out single use plastic for anything that is not. Can we repair instead of replace? Clean instead of trash? Who says the same couldn’t be for content?