I am at a panel at DLD with the vague name of telling stories. There is Fernando Sulichin the Argentine film maker in a weird panel blend with my friend Loic LeMeur and Valleywag feeder Julia Allison. The first comment on this panel is that people whose life is on the Internet seem to live in a separate world from people whose life is in the movie industry even though they both tell stories. Bloggers like Loic and Julia and myself, we tell stories, and so does Fernando when he makes a movie, and so do people who write books. But the way we tell these stories is fundamentally different. When bloggers speak, people reply. When movie directors film, people watch. Fernando has a depth in talking about subjects that Loic and Julia don´t have because you can tell that Fernando has TIME in his life and Loic and Julia do not. Fernando is not on Twitter, Fernando is not checking his friends updates on Facebook, Fernando is not on Netvibes with a million blogs. Fernando´s next story is the life of Jesus as a revolutionary with Tim Robbins acting in it. I don´t even know Fernando, but I sometimes get the feeling that people who want to tell a good story, in depth, should not be on the Internet more than an hour per day.

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Yak on January 27, 2009  · 

Internet is part of a much bigger reality. You can be out of the internet and that would be OK, but you can’t just be on the internet.

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Bathblogging.blogspot.com on January 27, 2009  · 

Good stuff. Someone should make a movie out of this post.

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andres on January 27, 2009  · 

A good friend of mine, scriptwritter, decided a couple of months ago to go offline as he was wasting too much time surfing the web.

Now he has a blackberry for email and his productivity and depth of concentration is up again…

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Nemo Anonymous on January 27, 2009  · 

Surprisingly enough, this also happens for die-hard programmers. Not, of course, web developers, for wich being online is almost part of their work, but old-skool “batch-mode” programmers. I can not imagine John Carmack getting out of the flow each half an hour by Twitter updates, but plunging into his next changing-the-entire-gaming-world engine for months without any input/output from the outside world.

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Stefano Vitta on January 28, 2009  · 

I understood what you mean but I am sure that, if Jesus come back again, he will use twitter to spread his words…

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