This is an interesting chart that i found on Seth Godin’s blog here:
As he says: “The challenge is in designing structures and transparency that will attract the good guys while burying or repelling those that seek the new technology (because they can’t find anywhere else to go). In other words, you either need to move the top left to the top right (not easy, but possible*), or educate the bottom left of the grid in how to contribute to the culture (really difficult indeed). The best new media (like blogs and possibly twitter) open doors to people who didn’t used to have a voice. The worst ones (like blogs and possibly twitter) merely create new venues for scams and senseless yelling.”
People like to bemoan new technologies but it’s just lazy to criticize the entire sector. Some innovations move you ahead (upper right) and some introduce new problems (lower right)
An interesting article (Read the Article at HuffingtonPost) was sent to me today about the “quarterlife crisis” that people experience around the age of 22-26.
This is a common statement i’ve heard by many people. I think much of it stems from the expectations of family and society (aspirational TV, for example) going up and the realities of the world coming down (ability to get a job and succeed being that much tougher)
When the expectations and reality are conflicting, people get frustrated. Combine that with the trend that people move around so much and don’t have a solid “base” and you get a crisis. We’re malnourished in our relationships.
I can’t read an article like this and not immediately go bak to the book “Generation Me” which i wrote about here: http://loo.me/2008/05/15/generation-me/ Check it out.
While reading Fred Wilson’s blog today about Live Blogging, he ended his post with this comment:
Blogging has a reputation as an ego centric activity for people who want to be heard. And that is certainly true and a big motivation for many people who do it. But blogging can be valuable in many other ways.
I often get in conversations with people as to why i blog. To many it’s viewed as pure a vanity project. I’ve found that putting my ideas and thoughts down for others to read is a great way to stimulate conversation and “talk” with friends but to do so by;
- allowing them to jump in at their leisure. After they see the movie or read the book that i’ve written about or if they finally get a moment when they’re bored at work.
- not requiring them to participate. They can read and process but unlike email they don’t have to respond unless they want to. I’ve noticed that many of my friends will read my blog, never comment but will bring it up with me weeks or months later. I love this. We’re talking but in a turn-based way. I’m just always making the first move
- making the conversation to be public – anyone can join.
I love it for these reasons. I don’t really care how many people read it or if anyone at all reads. Sometimes i like to just get my thoughts down on paper so they’re organized and stated and i can forget them.
Why do you blog? What do you like about it?