Monday, July 07, 2008

only connect

E.M. Forster is right. His one line introduction of some sort is an unbelievably shocking model to what social-networking sites and even both substantial and shallow relationships are right now. Before the story in his novel Howards End begins, he wrote: “Only connect…”

Surely, everything does connect. There’s no escaping the probability that that stranger you’re seeing right now could be the key solution to your problem. Looking back to what have happened, the web of connection is really astonishing—if not dreadful. The growing and expanding links from this to that are defintely unstoppable.

Let's take this as an example:
Person A is very close to Person B, B also becomes close with Person C, A and C relates to each other well too, then Person D enters the scene and introduces Person E to A, subsequently Persons A, D, and E form a tight group. Person A knows something and is in chaos, add the coming of Person F who is in shock to find out A is closer to B and D and the trouble deepens. F is in distraught it claims solace to the unexpected company of C. Suddenly, this Person G presents this revelation of all revelations. F is enlightened along with other letters familiar to A. There’s Person H who is a long-time acquaintance of A and a close buddy of C. Person G gets lost, tries to clear things up and confronts all letters that are somewhat related to A and C. To test the waters, some far-fletched characters suddenly appear such as Z. Person Z is so much disconnected that it slithers its way into the circle by bringing in Person I into the picture. I is a waste so A threw it in the trash bin long before it rots. Since I is enjoying the attention, it attempts to linger with C, G, and Z. Then A is in a state of shock. Disorder takes place. Fast-forward to the 21st century, the results of the Armageddon is still arresting. The good thing is, all letters fall into their proper places and are fine.

Amazing, isn’t it? Well, we’ve always known there’s no Friendster that could bring so much complexity to one’s life such as this. Reality bites and hurts but you'll get used to it. Trust me.

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