It is what I bought from amazon.com that started my mind on the subject of social networking. As you all know, I'm not really a facebook kind of guy. However, there are a couple of things I've been doing that actually brings a positive light to some of this. Among these is the idea that I stumbled upon two musical artists simply by messing with my TiVo and looking on YouTube. One of these people I mentioned before, and that was Sayaka Alessandra. The other person, who I hadn't mentioned until now, was Stephanie Strand, who performed two songs I have come to like a lot: Gutters & Drains and New Friend (I also like her animated short, Battle of the Media). Now, not knowing anything about this person, I wrote her on facebook a while ago because I was interested in knowing how she did a few things in her animated video and got a nice response. I happened to look at some of the things she was talking about and her interests and that made me take some pause, as there were a number of things we had in common. Being over 20 years her senior, I figured that the idea of further contact was probably going to seem a bit creepy these days, and so I left things as they were, and walked away saying, "Hmmmm. There actually are some people who would probably 'get' me."
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I'm not sure that this has given me any reason to bring my brand of opinion to facebook, nor am I going to pretend that now I'm somehow hip and that I'm into all the stuff the kids are into. Nah, I'm still the grumpy old mad computer scientist that I always have been. What is different is that I can see that among all the frivolous use of the Internet and social networking that there is something more that is serious in a good way. All artists like to say that it's all about the art, and not about the money. Now, without the need for expensive publishing and distribution, it actually can be all about the art. Most artists won't be able to quit their day jobs, but if it really is all about the art, then at least they can share their work without breaking the bank. That is a good thing. Art (including music and literature) is a reflection of ourselves and the culture we live in. It is our entertainment. It allows people to express themselves and share their ideas with others. While science and technology are critically important, art is what allows expression of our humanity. It is artists like Sayaka Alessandra and Stephanie Strand that give me hope that there is still significant humanity left in humans and things are not all going to hell in a hand-basket.