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The first think that came into my mind when i got the email for this week’s challenge was about the tools one uses to create. From pencils to brushes from computers to wood carvers…Then i remembered this shot i took in the beginning of this year. An old sewing machine must have a lot of stories to tell. How many creations came from this one? How many sets of hands used to work on it? It’s fascinating how much story a tool can carry…

 

Really interesting tools is the twitter and more interesting are the big users of this tool, the twitters. I never used much until recently and that was because a great friend of mine was using it a lot and was even making money with it. So it was a was of talking to my friend. How does she makes money? She writes professionally for blogs and she uses the twitter to advertize her posts. She likes my writing so she decides to invite me to a blog that she writes with sixteen other people. So far so good. As i’m writing in the blog i started to communicate with them often and i learned that they are heavy twitters all with many thousands of followers. What i realized so far is that such a short kind of note as the twit can’t say much more than a headline. I think you can write 140 characters at the most in each twit. What i also realize is that these people that are heavy twitter users are headliners. People looking for attention. Is really normal to see fights between them because everything goes in this race for followers. I never imagined it was such a shallow channel of communication but i also never imagined i had real use. For me this tool was a place for short chats and things like that. Information. But the people that dominates the craft don’t use it for chatting. Use it for showing of. Use it for self promotion. Amazing how powerful thw twitter can be for something like that. It’s too fast so you can engage followers nonstop. What does that mean? Floods of twits with nothing important on them. Thousands by the hour. I checked that one person wrote 183 twits in one hour. That’s like one every 20 seconds. She was narrating the soap opera she was watching of TV and ading her point of view. In other words: Twitter= useless/ Twitters= even more useless.

Video games were the parents off at least three generations mine included. Probably my generation was the first with those very primitive tennis video games where the ball was a square and we were rectangles and hits like Simon. A funny thing about being this first team of humans playing games is the fact that our parents always imagined that activity as a children only thing. They see us playing Wii and Playstation today and all they say is: Aren’t you too old to play this?? My generation in other hand understand the place these games have in our everyday lives and that’s what we should pass along to our kids. With games you can control and master a much more interesting reality where you can be also much better with less effort than you need in the real world which is also a game but much more complex with much more things involved. Video games were designed to be another way of alienating people and to entertain them in their free time. That’s much less time for people to think about changes and improvement. Usually governments that want an easy population to manipulate really can enjoy that kind of tool. I’m not saying that’s all games are for but differently than saying it’s not a thing for adults we should tell kids it’s not a thing for people who wants do evolve. Games are fun, really fun. But they also create nothing but waste of time. So what i mean is: Do play but remember that’s wasted time so you will not play for too long. Another thing. All games are for adults but not all games are for kids. I do believe games with too much violence and with a very adult storyline are not helping kids these days. Already the time to become an adult is arriving earlier and earlier. We can see TI programmers with fourteen and that’s a well paid job. These activities are all related to the game and web culture and the less we can expose kids to that the more time they will still be kids.