It’s a silly notion, isn’t it? And not in the spy movie “I’m going to be killed now because of my knowledge of some sensitive information”. I just mean information in general. I’ve been pondering about the fact that there’s so few topics I can come up with when I talk to people nowadays. And it’s not for a lack of reading things – I read so much, in fact, that it’s sometimes distracting to my real work, but that’s a story for another day.
The thing is, with near instant access I have to the internet, there’s not a lot of reason for me to retain information anymore. I’ll be the first person to admit that having almost any question answered at my fingertips saved my job and enriched my life in more ways than one (mostly in the form of delicious recipes) but again, keeping that same information in my brain does nothing for me.
Ironically, I still find it incredibly difficult to hold down a conversation, just because the things I look up and read about are so disconnected. For example, a youtube video led me to another video which led me to look up the background song “Living in the Sunlight” which led me to Tiny Tim and what looks like the first episode of Spongebob Squarepants. How do I even begin to bring up stuff like this in a conversation?