Daily Marauder

November 26, 2010, 4:51 PM
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As I see it, you have two choices at the holidays: spend it with your family or spend it with friends. Each has their merits of course, although in my case, spending it with friends usually involves considerably more alcohol. And this is why, this Thanksgiving, I was only too overjoyed to accept an invitation from digital maven Micki Krimmel of Neighborgoods fame and her co-hostess Cris Dobbins for a potluck dinner at their office affectionately dubbed Thanksnerding.


Photo Credit: Micki Krimmel

For the most part, the dinner was traditionally as I always remembered it: all of us fought for the oven, which incidentally had never been used before this moment, we all ate far too much and fell asleep moments after and finally cue board games.


However, being that I was in the presence of my fellow nerds, there was also a considerable amount of social media during our holiday meal. Social media in the presence of digerati is very analogous to smoking socially: we’re doing it as a collective so let’s all participate together. Where is the line between enjoying the moment and sharing the moment? Instagram being the popular drug of choice these days, we all took to our feeds to post pictures of the sleepy after shocks. We all commented on each other’s photos. At what point are we removed from the moment at hand while we navigate our mobile devices?

I really have no idea the answer to this question but Thanksnerding was a fine opportunity for me to have a good think on it. In the meantime, try borrowing something on Neighborgoods on this fine Black Friday rather than buying a bunch of crap you don’t need. Collaborative consumption gives you something else to be thankful for.


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That sounds like a great time. In the past 2-3 years I’ve effectively woven video games into my families holiday traditions. Big win. I played Beatles Rockband and Little Big Planet with my sisters. Board games with my family and friends were designated for Thanksgiving Eve and were more focused on the drinking variety… although our friend Cranium did make its regular appearance.
Cell phones and computer use is still a bit of a taboo during designated “family time,” how ever I found that to be more of a relief than anything.

Comment by grahamGrafx

Good ole Cranium… I definitely also view the no phone time as a relief. It’s why I starting cycling after all..limiting use of my devices and what not. New Year’s Reaolution for 2011: unitasking.

Comment by Marauder

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