Wednesday, July 28, 2004

The Un-Blogger

What I want, what I really really want, is a capability of un-blogging. Sure I know you can go back and edit your prior posts. I know you can trace back and wipe out what you've posted long ago, in the dark ages, in that galaxy far, far away, but that's not what I'm talking about.

Have you ever said or done something you wish you could just un-do? Maybe deleted a file you realized that you actually needed? Blogger is great because it encourages us to freely post our thoughts, and provides a one-click "put it out there for the world to see" mechanism; kind of a knee-jerk reaction on our daily grind. But, every now and again, I say something I wish I hadn't, or make a comment I wish I could retract. Nothing major certainly, nothing along the lines of, "I know you did it in the den with a candlestick" sort of remark, just sometimes those little burning items you'd wish you'd kept off the gossip buffet.

Wouldn't life be so much better if we had an undo button around us all the time? Cut somebody off in traffic and wish you hadn't? Click. Post something on the web and then realize you were wrong? Click. Buy a great new pair of shoes you think matches the dress you have at home? Click. Send an email before you really finished typing? Click.

Then again, maybe life wouldn't be all that much better with all those little clicks running around. Maybe, the thought of having that safety net there would prevent us from really jumping into it all heart and soul. I don't know. But I do know I sometimes wish I'd had that little button, "undo," for all of the universe to share in it's delight.

Franz, your hogging the time machine, and I need to get back to the future so I can reset the cynical clock and make us all happy again.

Click.

Until next time...

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