Monday, November 26, 2007

A Solution to Social

"More time is wasted in front of computers than on highways." ~ Ben Shneiderman, American author and computer scientist.
Tired of being social?

Had enough of the web 2.0 buzz about networking?

If you are, you’re not alone. It’s time to refuse to be dragged along by the social networking frenzy join NOSO.

NOSO is an online organization which offers a unique opportunity to create NO Connections by scheduling NO Events with other NO Friends.

That's right no IMing, friending, texting, poking, skyping and podcasting – or worse, no crackberry.

Just peace and quiet.

It is analogous to the This Page Intentionally Left Blank Project from several years back when we would post a page on our web site without content but for the remark “this page intentionally left blank”.

It was a tribute to former times when printed books and manuals printed several blank pages. The movement offered Internet wanderers a place of quietness and simplicity on the overcrowded World Wide Web—a blank page for relaxing the restless mind.


I digress.

NOSO protests against social conformity, dwindling privacy, and corporate influence. It’s an anti-social networking movement. Check out the NOSO site.

Be no social!


PS - NOSO offers a moment of relief to the technology wearied… but, ironically, being predominantly a web-based project, it is still tech-centric. Not to mention that it asks you to set up a user profile AND choose a trendy silhouette reminiscent of those made popular by the ipod commercials to represent your online personality.


Part of NOSO also involves anti-socializing meetings, which consist of a get together of registered users, snapping a few photos and posting them online. Well, now...

If this isn't social networking, I don't know what is.

Suddenly I feel used…