The internet’s social media will cure sexual dysfunction; and, …
halitosis, your only limitation in the use of social media is your imagination. A caveat, the “fallacy of accuracy”; what comes out of a computer is accurate and correct. (1) The reality is the internet is democratic; anyone, and everyone, can have a voice (2); and, with that voice, the vertical Prussian military hierarchy of authority (a.k.a. “an organization chart”) in established business/government intuitions is challenged. (3)
When you stream your life live do you hide from reality? When your cell phone rings, in the midst of a discussion, you get up, to leave to answer it; does the machine use you; or, do you use the machine? (4) When is the need to be connected obsessive compulsive? Can you turn your the cell phone off? (5)
In the social media: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, MySpace, Flickr, LiveJournal, blogs, emails; are you an avatar? A voyeur? Or, are you just a cipher? When you stream yourself live, do you remain free? Facebook monitors you, sees your actions as a commodity to be sold tothe highest bidder. Is there a price for a “free” Facebook account? (6) Can the newness of the internet be addictive? Are you like an addict who has to have a fix, every free moment you have, do you have to check your Facebook wall; or, check a friend’s twitter? (7)
We all fear the stigma of the luddite tag, especially if we strive to au courant. (8) Be aware, the machine, the computer we use, is a buzz saw, that in the flash of a light can grind you up. More importantly, whenever you use the machine, can others see in your actions authenticity, transparency, and simplicity? (9)
(1) The style used in this missive is that of a Wiki/ Wikipedia web page, i.e., need more details, read the footnotes; else, read what is above to get on with your life, after all, we live on the 140 character world of Twitter. Note: Save for the concept “the fallacy of accuracy” the other ideas do have attribution.
(2) Clay Shirky has a June 29, 2010, 14 minute, YouTube, “How cognitive surplus will change the world” which is a commentary on the voice all have.
(3) To paraphrase Marshall McLuhan, “patron saint” of Wired magazine, Canada’s media guru of the 1960’s, who is best known for the quote: “The medium is the message”.
(4) Michael Wesch has a March 8, 2007, 5 minute YouTube, “The Machine is Us/ing Us (Final Version)” asks that question. His YouTube production has been seen by some 11,000,000,000+ viewers.
(5) “#Ringtone”, is a play created by Alan Berks, and company, which was part of the Minneapolis 2010 Fringe Festival, that which asks that question; to see the play’s video trailer.
(6) The Strategyst blog, on May 11, 2010, quotes ReadWriteWeb, an independent blog, syndicated by New York Times, on how Facebook’s commoditization of its users caused many knowledgeable “technocratie” users to leave Facebook.
(7) AARP Bulletin, Sept 1, 2010, “Smartphone Nation” by: Cynthia Ramnarace will give you pause, especially how you answer the questions the sidebar: “Is It Time for You to Power Down?
(8) Definitions to address reality that many young people “see images” vs. “read words”: a) “luddite”: any opponent of technological progress http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luddite; and, b) “au courant“: being up to date in knowledge; kept abreast of the latest developments.
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