The Internet, aka New York

NYC is like the Internet.  It’s always on, fast-paced, crowded, and overwhelming at times.  There’s an explosion of content, endless things to discover and share. You can’t possibly capture it all.

Like the Internet, New York’s speed can be dangerously distracting. The flow of traffic creates an environment of automation. The other day I saw someone almost get hit because they were following the lead of a rushing commuter. This is like someone furiously retweeting without first identifying the egregious link.

Think twice before you walk in New York. Think twice before you Tweet.  Blindness automation can get you killed in the streets and grilled online.

Impatience also readily occurs online and in NY. I overhead this in a crosswalk just yesterday:

“Just because you’re honking your horn doesn’t mean they’re going to go.”

Online abuse is rampant.  Being the attacked just increases acrimony.  This is where feuds start. 

Whether you’re in New York or in the dizzying online world, pay attention to your surroundings and keep grounded.  Ignore the haters. 

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.