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If the medium is the message ….

If the medium is the message: which message is G+?

Which message is Facebook? Twitter? WordPress? Which message is an old fashioned handwritten letter? Which message is an email, a video on YouTube vs that same video embedded into a Facebook stream?

What does a Facebook stream say that is full of posts that originate from Twitter? Such a stream feels like an empty subway station to me, where music is playing, ads are displayed, steps echo from tiled walls. People might notice you in passing on their way to some other place. They might even make the detour you suggest, take the long way home, try to talk to you. They might as well talk to a billboard.

While that very same post, tweet, saying, picture within you online home – say Twitter – shines like a happy trout n a sunny mountain stream. Joining others, a conversation, inspiration, joi de vivre – fun.

Personality has to shine through the medium like a sun. The medium is the passage.

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Categories: Internet, socmed

Nomadic Content

Nomadic content in the wide world of social media. On Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Tweetdeck, Tumblr, Youtube, WordPress: shall it be on its own or shall the creator shine through? Shall it stay connected to its creator in every context? That is difficult with photos, difficult with text – easiest with video. Someone talked about the “YouTube- isation” of the web.

Categories: Internet

Realtime

Real time is real lifetime, a stretch of experience in our minds, impressed by the screen – and the fly that is buzzing around it.

Categories: Internet

Does cultural invention go with mainstream?

January 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Looking at this I think of the people who developed the Blues, Jazz, Rock – can cultural invention/ progress happen within the mainstream? Or is the mainstream just a museum of things long dead?

Categories: Internet, link, Music, photo

The self and the way that leads to it.

January 24, 2011 Leave a comment

This image reminded me, how sometimes we loose the goal on the way – of course: the saying is “The way is the goal.” But sometimes, with all that technology around – I get caught in possibilities, in doping things for no other reason than BECAUSE they can be done.

Perhaps that is what my friend Jeb had in mind when he tweeted about Parkinson’s law.

Categories: Internet, link

There is no longer a Third World – WE are the third world

January 17, 2011 Leave a comment

A web designer told me that. There are wonderful web designers in the developing countries.

(They develop software, that’s why they are called “developing countries”)

Of course: there are still countries whose citizens are under privileged. There are countries with weak economies, bad education, health-care systems.

But with the advent of the web your location on planet earth becomes less and less important. I hope that is good for the developing countries – but it will be bad for union protected jobs in the so called “first world”.

So: if you are what was formerly understood as “left leaning”, pro union – this is going to be a tough time for you as you probably want to become a protectionist and keep the work at home.

Categories: Internet, Politics, saying, socmed

Demonization leads to mystification leads to fascination

January 17, 2011 Leave a comment

In our small town there is a café, where the no-Babbits meet, the non-square, the cool. And among them the internet is the incarnation of all things evil. The “computerization” of human relations.

Just for spite I asked:

“Do you have a wireless connection?”
– “I don’t know? What is that?”
– “Do you offer your guests a wireless internet connection?”
– “No! No! We don’t do that. We offer our guests an assortment of newspapers.”

So next time I’ll go there with my mobile stick. – If I go there at all. I’m a Babbit and I’m happy with the other Babbits 😉

Categories: Internet, saying, socmed