Narcissystem: It’s Cool, But Too Much

April 15, 2007

There’s a definite trend towards using technology to further enable the “narcissystem” (awesome term). Recent evidence includes the explosive use of Twitter, Justin.TV, and now Ustream, duly noted by Mathew Ingram.

I’m excited to see this sort of technology used as an augmentation to news reporting, like say, by the “common folk” for breaking, current events. Tony Hung has a really good breakdown of how a technology like Twitter can be useful in certain situations and people.

The basic kernel of truth is that these technologies are very open-ended – it’s up to the users to figure out an ideal use is. Right now, I think we’re seeing a lot of early adopter and particularly narcissistic individuals experimenting with them, leading some to assume that they’re inherently egotistical technologies.

Still, I do feel my personal comfort level line has been crossed. Here are my personal reasons why this 24/7 jacked into the web is too much:

So yeah, this “narcissystem” publishing obviously has a lot of appeal to many, and it’s cool to see people exploring it, but I doubt I’ll be watching or participating in such experiments. We all draw the line somewhere in terms of privacy and media we want to participate, and I think this real-time broadcasting has crossed it as far as I’m concerned.


  1. Eric Berlin says:

    I see these new technologies as platforms to distribute and receive content and media. Like every form of media there’s going to be a lot of crap, some stuff that’s bearable, and bits of genius and treasure. The difference with the new technologies is that they’re still being experimented and tested, which is why the geek set is fixated on them right about now.

    All of that said, while I love Twitter, I try to watch more than a minute of and can never quite get past the I-just-don’t-get-it phase!

  2. webomatica says:

    Likewise, I find Twitter pretty neat. I guess the early hype phase is a quick way to separate the useful from the not useful.