Information Overload is Actually Preserving Memories

One of the things that you realize as you get older is how temporary everything is. You might be big news one day, but it will pass, and people will forget. That’s good if it’s a bad thing, not so much if you’re enjoying the attention.

Places are like this too. Madison Square Garden is an exciting place to be during a concert, but stop by on an off day and it’s just a big empty building. The good time that everyone was having last night is gone.

There are some options available for preserving our memories—pictures have been around for a while, video too. YouTube makes it pretty darn easy to share any video of any event with anybody anywhere at any time. After all, that’s what life is all about isn’t it? Shared experiences.

But if I send you a video of a concert, you only get so much out of it. You can see and hear what is going on, but you don’t exactly get the full experience. I went to a Dream Theater concert a few months ago. I’ve watched hours of their concerts on DVD and online, but to show up and literally be able to feel their music is on a completely different level.

It was so loud my kids probably heard the concert too… if you catch my drift.

Is it ever overkill though? Do we really need a six-hundred word recap on the five pitches a pitcher threw on the second day of spring training?

Sure, why not.

One of the coolest things about the internet is that it allows people who are interested in a topic to connect and read, talk, and learn more than they ever need to know about something they love. Do the Pirates need ten different blogs? Probably not, but it isn’t hurting anyone to have them. It’s actually creating a stronger community. There is no shortage of space on the internet, so use it.

We see videos of some crazy basketball shot at a high school game, but these are things that have been going on for years. We’re not getting better at amazing shots, we just have more ways to record them.

Eventually we’ll upload everything to YouTube. A viewer will be able to go through all five senses of what we went through.

Not only is that a pretty strong shared experience, but it’s one that will live on forever.


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