The Future of Interactive Communication

Reflecting on my speech few months back regarding the changes technology has brought to the future of our interactive communication:
You know, those technological whiz kids hiding behind screen names like dark_knight2000 or puteriampang87? I think it’s high time someone identify and attribute faces and names to them. Real faces and real names - and I'm not talking about Facebook. 
Full post here.

Now, check out this random conversation I had over Windows Live Messenger yesterday.

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19th March 2008, 2:35pm

Denise says:
=)

j o e l says:
hi. you are?

Denise says:
cute gal...

j o e l says:
ok.

Denise says:
;)

j o e l says:
have i met u b4?

Denise says:
do u know some1 call sze wai

j o e l says:
not too sure.

j o e l says:
from whre?

Denise says:
study in university of melbourne 1

Denise says:
..........

j o e l says:
erm

Denise says:
i dont meet u before..

j o e l says:
cant recall.

Denise says:
............

j o e l says:
ok.

Denise just sent you a nudge.

Denise says:
can i be ur frend?

Denise says:
=( its ok if u dont wan

Denise says:
sorry, r u angry because i suddenly ask u being my frend....but u look like some 1

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20th March 2008, 6:01pm

Denise says:
=)

Denise says:
=(

Denise says:
is ok if u dowan be my fren......i understand...take care n byebye~

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I don't mean to be rude by not replying, but being flabbergasted, I really had no idea how to respond. 

I don't think I'm quite cut out for the future of interactive communication. Maybe, that's the reason why my Dad doesn't hang out on Windows Live.

15 comments:

  1. It's been awhile that I visit your blog and it's so interesting/funny to read this post.

    Agree to your points and I don't think anyone would know how to response to that. Hahaha..

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  2. LOL. Think I've gotten some random conversations like that before, and is it just me or are there more random "friend requests" on Facebook?

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  3. From the conversation, it sounded like some kids. Windows Live is a good way to communicate with people but sometimes you just got to hit the ignore button when necessary.

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  4. Hi Joel!

    Poor girl. Must be really infatuated by you. But its really scary to receive conversations as such. For one, i have random boys doing so as well - and they don't get one second of my attention. But who knows, he may be the boy sitting next to me in class. Freaky heh.

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  5. haha. That girl is just plain weird. Only little kids ask questions like "can I be your friend?". It has nothing to do with you not being cut out for the future of interactive communication. =)

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  6. gosh, looks like u've finally met ur 1st online admirer... hehehe.

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  7. immi: I don't think that's his *first* online admirer. lol =)

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  8. chris: havent heard from you in ages. hows things in ICOM? yea. was really difficult to find the right words to reply, so i skipped.=)

    john: i think you're probably just over popular. i don't get that many random friend requests on facebook. i remember the randomness in friendster though. maybe its somehow influenced by your profile picture. ;)

    caffenny: windows live rock. the new version looks super cool too.

    kim: stop freakin me out!

    jojo: haha. but i have to say that the faceless communication tools can be quite dangerous too. read a recent article about this guy who got conned into exposing himself to a 'girl' through webcam. next thing he knew, he was being extorted for cash. poor guy. and yes, i'm sure you guys are thinking "he deserved it".

    immi: still hanging out at poppy on fri nights?

    joanne: hush.=.=

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  9. joanne: hahah. i stand corrected... :) just checking, u work for youthmalaysia.com rite? i think we might've spoken to each other before. :P

    joel: not as much anymore. somehow slowed down a bit after CNY. but i still go to velvet on saturdays occasionally. how about yourself? i know tim's still going regularly. ;)

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  10. immi: we have? ah. do refresh my memory :)

    joel: perhaps it's due time the fan club entrepreneurship really pulls off. :P

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  11. joanne: does the name imm ai from borders ring any bells to u? ;)

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  12. Looks like my blog has turned into a social networking tool. pft.

    Anyway - zouk's 4th anniversary this friday. Let me know who's up for it.

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  13. joel: lol, i think that's a good thing. :) zouk eh? will text u if i can make it. have fun anyway!

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  14. Joel Neoh every weekend go clubbing :p I wanna go too..

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  15. immi: veerrrrry familiar. *squints* :)

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