Are You A “Media” I Should Talk With?
I take issue with social media as a means of conversation.
There…I said it…and I’m not taking it back. But notice I said “conversation”…not communication. Social media is an awesome way to communicate your message to any person or group you care to connect with. (or is that “with whom you’d like to connect”…I don’t want to dangle a preposition needlessly)
The trouble I see with online social media tools is they too often become a soapbox, a bully pulpit, a digital megaphone. And the message too often becomes argumentative, pointless, and in the long run directionless. This phenomenon doesn’t play favorites with nobody’s and has-been’s. It readily affects the rich and famous, the political, the powerful, the pundits. It binds the bold and beautiful people. It needles the nerds. It frequents the freaks.
I’m glad you asked. 🙂
Well…think about it. Isn’t it more fun to sit at your computer (like I am now) or smartphone or tablet and say whatever you want without having to listen to someone butt in with their rant or their rave? I mean, c’mon…who wants to actually listen anymore. If people really wanted to listen, they might use their phones to talk with other people…instead of texting, gaming, and sharing pictures and videos.
But I’m getting away from my main point. Social media. I’ll just say this as succinctly as I can…I don’t want to talk with “media”. I want to talk with you. And here’s the kicker…I’d like you to talk with me. And I’d like us both to listen, learn, and love the interaction.
I love media as much as the next person…and more than most…but I do miss the “social”…the man-to-man handshake. The “catching up”. The something we used to call “visiting with friends”.
What do you think? Is there a good way to do this digitally?
Hello? Hello? Anybody?