Okay, so for the sake of another writing gig, I have finally signed up to Twitter…pith not being a particular skill of mine, I figured confinement to a mere 140 characters could only help my screenwriting (shorter dialogue, less narrative).
Of course, the brilliant thing about Twitter is, like all other forms of social media, it is totally disconnected from the people with whom I am connecting. Thus, it is a safe place to be myself…sort of.
Social media was developed by introverts in a vain attempt to camoflage their introversion…how can I be introverted when I am telling so many people so much stuff? Sure, there is the immediacy of the message…the feeling of common cause with others of like interests…the ill-considered photos of people in the all-together. But if I really wanted to communicate in any of these ways, I could also stand in a room full of people and talk out loud.
Several years ago, while taking sketch comedy writing classes at the Second City Training Centre in Toronto, I wrote a sketch about a brand new social medium that I called Face-to-Facebook. I offer a couple of lines from the sketch below:
JAN (SURPRISED) Face-to-Facebook? How’s it work?
TED Well, let’s say that I want to tell you our infomercial will start 15 minutes earlier than scheduled. I simply turn to you and say, “Hey Janet, our informercial is going to start 15 minutes earlier than scheduled.”
JAN (AMAZED) Wow! It’s that easy?
TED Yes, it is. (TO AUDIENCE) Face-to-Facebook puts the “instant” back into “instant messaging”.
TED Hey Janet. “less than” “colon” “hyphen” “capital P” “greater than” (<:-P>)
JAN (CONFUSED) What is that supposed to mean, Ted?
TED It was just me sticking my tongue out at you in emoticon. (TO AUDIENCE) Aren’t emoticons annoying? But with Face-to-Facebook, you no longer have to worry about deciphering these strange little creatures. If you want to know if I’m happy, just look at my face. (HE SMILES)
JAN That’s amazing! (QUESTIONING) But tell me, Ted; is Face-to-Facebook secure?
TED Secure? The best thing about Face-to-Facebook is that no matter how hard he tries, only a blind kid would confuse a 45-year-old pedophile with a 13-year-old school girl. (OFFHANDED) And who needs blind kids, anyway?
Everyone laughed (LOLed, in fact), but I wonder how many people actually saw themselves as my target. I know I did.
So in my never-ending efforts to reach out and not actually touch someone, I have now added yet another way to annoy people with my self-important drivel.
PS I’ve linked all of my social networks together, so if the Internet comes crashing down in a couple of seconds because of a message loop, my bad.
PPS Forgot to include my Twitter address: @createdbyrcw (that’s right, I said PP)
Poster from my sketch comedy show at Toronto’s Second City Theatre (part of the SC Training Centre)