Social Media Tech

Who you honking at?

Photo by Wells Baum

No one knows who’s honking at who in New York. Traffic is congested from all ends, mainly cars, bikes, and pedestrians.

Sometimes the Internet feels equally jammed. People are shouting across social networks in multiple tweets and status updates. Unless you tag someone, it’s never evident who the message is really intended for.

There’s no maximum on honking nor publishing. You can make noise all day. Fortunately, Facebook allows you to block someone in the Newsfeed, and Twitter enables you to only follow those you want to hear from.

In short, honking and social broadcasting can be obnoxious. As a result, you may move out of the City into the suburbs or woods or delete your social media accounts. The only way people can reach you is if they make an effort to drive out or email/call you.

We treat attention like another commodity in the digital age. But attention is really scarce. You should opt-in selectively and opt-out when it becomes overwhelming.


To Encourage Biking, Cities Lose the Helmets

On the other hand, many researchers say, if you force or pressure people to wear helmets, you discourage them from riding bicycles. That means more obesity, heart disease and diabetes. 

America is right on most things but too obsessive on others.  Riding with a bike helmet is one of those obsessions.  

Let’s abolish the rule so ordinary people will become more interested in riding.  The real danger is in inactivity. 


We put our bikes together at Yogyakarta airport, overseen by a crowd of curious locals, and then made our way through the motorcycle-infested streets of the city. We broke free of the traffic onto less congested streets and headed for Borobudur. The ancient Buddhist temple is the reason most people go to Yogyakarta and it’s the most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia.

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