In Why We're Like a Million Monkeys on Treadmills, Steve Rubel doesn't exactly say why we're like the monkeys, but does talk about something I noticed quite a while ago...
The Web 2.0 construction boom is bigger now than it ever was. Techcrunch, Scobleizer and Mashable leave me all breathless. It's like watching the cranes of Dubai rise. We're a million monkeys running on treadmills, chasing the latest banana. Myself included! The breathing apparatus in the photo above reminds me of my Google Reader stream!
I left a comment on that entry that I'll republish here:
...only if you choose to read them, Steve. The information and sites exist to serve you, not to make you feel overwhelmed. Feel free to use the unsubscribe button now and then. You'll be surprised at the sense of relief if provides.
He went on to say:
These days, I am far more interested in what people do with technology rather than on what the latest new "shiny object" is. My friend Brian Reich calls this "Shiny Object Syndrome." That's why I am writing longer pieces once per day rather than many short posts.
It's funny. Over a year ago I unsubscribed from Steve's blog because he had a habit of writing in breathless fashion about the latest shiny new thing--often several times a day. I made an conscious decision to drop virtually all "news" sources from my subscription list that felt like breathless hype machines that provided little new insight.
My mental state improved quite a bit after that.
It's great to hear that Steve is going back to a slower and more thoughtful pace. Perhaps it's time to re-subscribe. I see too many people I know getting caught up in the breathless hype and forgetting to think about whether the latest shiny new thing really matters in the grand scheme of things.
Sooner or later the treadmill is going to tire you out...
Posted by jzawodn at July 17, 2007 01:25 PM