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Ambient Contact

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Ambient contact.

Clive Thompson discusses this idea and describes it basically as being aware of what was going on in a person's life just based on their social media posts. You gain an awareness of their train of thought and the lives they lead. You become aware of their favorite things and can almost intuit what is going on their life. It reminds me of a scene in Tina Fey's Mean Girls where Karen, the on sight air-head says "It's almost like I have ESPN or something." Yes. We all have ESPN. But now, with ambient contact we can all have ESP.

Share your Writing (sometimes)

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Thompson speaks about writing for a public audience as it relates to, for the most part, school. For some reason the only thing that this reminds me of is guided meditations in high school. I went to an all-girls catholic high school where religion classes were mandatory, but also plagued with guided meditations. All this entailed was us laying on the ground and closing our eyes while a nun played some recording of waves and told us about how Jesus walked up to us on a beach. We were instructed to have a conversation with Jesus. If we fell asleep during the process it was okay because it was "what Jesus wanted." This is not fictional; this is my life.