Status Anxiety De Botton, A. (2008).  Status AnxietyKnopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

OK, this is merely the title of philosophical book, by British writer/philosopher Alain de Botton, who I assume/understand, might have coined this expression – i.e. caring too much, about one’s standing in materialistic and/or experience-rich society, and what others might think of them (my words, and understanding of this). Would have preferred to use this quote, in previous Post, and vice-versa… but does not matter now, because at end of the day/blog, anyone’s cyber status makes no difference as to their value as a person, really… I do not mean to get too schmaltzy, but it doesn’t.

Reflecting on anything, I usually equate to coming to an end of some spiritual retreat; end of high school; or six years in the one job; or the end of a more say, tangible experience/project – i.e. where one was involved in so much activity, and liaising/meeting directly with people, that there was not that sense of time passing slowly, i.e. the adventure was over, before I knew it sort of thing. Or, promise… my last song lyric –

It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right,
I hope you had the time of your life.

From Good Riddance (Time of Your LIfe) Written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. III Wright, Michael Pritchard. Music by Green day.

Personally, it is somewhat difficult to get reflective, on a mere contrivance, such as keeping a blog. The ‘fun’ thing about this, was going from one computer, to another – from swanky hotel, to Holroyd Library, to free internet cafe, to Burwood Library, to Parramatta Library, to swanky hotel, to State Library, back to swanky hotel… inevitably, Mt Druitt TAFE (if I make it to tomorrow).

Very, very biased, when I write that Facebook is most appealing, not only by default, but by memories associated with it. Come on, let’s admit, it is so unbelievably popular the world-over, because it is just so easy to use – for someone like me, who gets irritated by just passively sitting here, using computers, that is really saying something. And to think, it started by such a superficial reason, as comparing people’s faces, at a university, in USA – hence name Facebook. And my very superficial reason for actually paying (yes, paying – but at discounted rate), to watch ‘The Social Network’, was because had a huge crush on Jesse Eisenberg, at the time… not becuase I care about computers, or some multi-billionaire tech-head who started FB.

As regards to whether there was some element of surprise, as to how Libraries practically use social media… well, it did help, that the staff at Mt Druitt TAFE Library, explained their in’s-and-out’s of use of social networking. That is essentially it really, because inevitably one must realise that all institutions will find ways to engage with users, or Library patrons, in our case, in very different ways. I mean, the way I look at it… I have used social media, to engage directly with Libraries – because I have had to, i.e. merely to get my message/enquiry across. It is not something one gives much thought to… you just do it. If Libraries can use social media, in whatever form, it does not matter, in a memorable, and engaging way… then of course it is a good, open, and fair thing. As indicated previous Posts, writer has sent trivial messages to my Libraries via FB, just because have become aware, they are more likely to respond that way, than by email.

Otherwise, there is Library website, as a starting-point – which can act as an easy portal, to all their active forms of social media. And really, that is the beauty, and often taken for granted thing about the Internet itself – it allows all of this expression, and engagement. Ultimately, when writer went to a free seminar/talk at Sydney Town Hall in about March 2013, with Sir Tim Berners-Lee (widely known, or believed to be inventor of WWW); some kid in the audience, asked the last question of the evening – along the lines of what Sir Tim thinks might ever supercede the Internet. Given the age of the child, and that she is inevitably the future… the answer was basically ‘… whatever you can imagine’.

On this, here is my last link, if it goes through, from WordPress, of all social media types; and which was originally read in the print edition of the daily Sydney Writers’ Festival Guide ‘@ The Festival’, about a University of Technology of Sydney Library, and where it is headed: http://atthefestival.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/looking-to-a-new-future-proofed-library/
Ochs, K. (2014). Looking to a new future-proofed library. Retrieved June 15, 2014, from http://atthefestival.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/looking-to-a-new-future-proofed-library/

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