And now we can create that feeling for ourselves, then pass it around like a photo album of the life we think we were meant to have but don’t, the people we think we should be but aren’t.
Pinterest, Tumblr and the Trouble with ‘Curation’ by Carina Chocano for the New York Times
And a reader’s comment that I identified with:
“I often see Facebook as what is essentially a loose grouping of aspirational moments and images, though ones into which we have cast ourselves to claim them as the complete reality of our lives. The feeling I’m left with while clicking through timeline images of friends and acquaintances is often one of longing. Rather than fantasies about an idealized future though, it’s primarily fantasies about others’ idealized present contrasted with a true reflection of my own imperfect present.” – Amanda, Brooklyn NY
A reason why I’ve stopped updating my facebook…
Anyway I’ve always collected images and bookmarks before I found tumblr and pinterest and even with these services, I’m still trying to find a better way to categorize, bookmark and put-together my ideas, inspirations and things that I’ve collected over time.
Lately I have been asking myself if I really need the 2000 pins on my pinterest board, the 4000 images I liked on tumblr and never really view again. Granted, being a graphic designer, I have benefited from them time and time again. I do ask the question “What should I do with all these things I’ve collected? is this who I am and who I want to be?”
Source: The New York Times