When was the last time you checked Facebook? Or Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, etc? Within the last 10 minutes? The last hour? I can almost guarantee you’ve had at least a glance at one these platforms today.
What struck me as most interesting and relevant in this week’s topic about liquid labour was the idea of presence bleed, and that we are never wholly, completely in one place. Does anyone actually ever log out of their Facebook? I certainly don’t unless I’m on someone else’s computer.
As mentioned in last week’s post, the development of information networks has resulted the decoupling of information from matter, borders being eliminated and the equal flow of information between nodes. These have played a key role in the shift from industrial production to knowledge production, which cultivates a distributed network of information.
So after that brief history recap, we arrive back at the notion of presence bleed. Need more explanation?
Ever updated Facebook or Twitter while in a lecture? Ever checked your bank account during a night out? Ever taken a Snapchat while out for a walk? Thanks to smart phones presence bleed is forever at our fingertips. We are in our own personal information spaces, as well as being able to be in several worlds at once.
So with this constant presence bleed and free flow of information comes the chronic task of sorting. We are continuously being showered with information, so how can we distinguish the relevant info from the rubbish? The answer is that, whether we’re doing it consciously or not, we are forever sorting this information.