Ever noticed how difficult it is to stick to your plan, as soon as you get onto the Internet. There are so many diversions and distractions, that it’s all too easy to become a simple media consumer, even though you are clicking around. The difference between television and the computer, when you reach this stage, is that the mouse is the remote. In all other ways, however, you are falling into couch potato mode.
The new direction is to create, when you get on-line. Make a contribution. Say something. Write something. Make a video. Write some code. Upload some of your own original music. That’s a better entertainment, in the long run, because there is more of your mind and soul engaged in the activity.
Of course, if everybody was an author and nobody was a reader, that would be pointless too, but the age of the mass audience must be nearing an end. What will be more prevalent in the future, in my opinion, is on-line collaboration, where you both consume and contribute. Maybe, in the future, such collaboration will be remunerative too. Until that day, brush up those creative skills. Post a video. Upload a picture of your latest painting. Make a digital image.
Contribution is the new consumption!