Bang Bang, You’re (the un)Dead, February 24th, 2012

by admin on February 25th, 2012

Bang Bang, You’re (the un)Dead

Technology, like fame or wealth, doesn’t alter a person’s intelligence, it simply amplifies their experience. This was brought home to me when I watched, wincing, a YouTube video of an upset father dealing with his bratty daughter’s Facebook outburst by shooting her laptop with his revolver. Social media wasn’t the cause of either the daughter or the father’s behavior — it was merely the means of broadcasting it to the universe. The sad thing is that with over 30 million hits, it’s a meaningless incident which may shape the rest of their lives.

Disappointed? Watch this!

If you have watched as many video blogs as I have, you know that an overwhelming majority of talking-head style clips are boring and cheerless, regardless of the subject matter. It’s amazing, however, what a tiny amount of editing can do to create interest, draw the viewer in and drive a point home. This is so subtle that it can be easily missed. So I’ll link here to a great example of a clip that simply took the phrase “disappointing” and parlayed it into a highly watchable piece on why NJ Governor Christie’s veto of the gay marriage bill was wrong-headed.

Information Please

Trying to pull up an image that I had seen a while ago, I did a quick google search on “social media infographic” and limited the results to “images”. What I found astonished me. Apparently the world has gone ga-ga for information graphics! I had no idea. Ironically, the piece I was looking for had to do with whether social media was ruining our minds. Personally, I think the answer to that question is “No, it’s just changing the way we think.” After all, I didn’t wake up in a cave and light a fire with two sticks this morning. To live in the 21st century requires using 21st century tools. Now pardon me while I go hunt some groceries online.

He Tweeted She Tweeted

This week I got into a losing argument at work with my very talented team. I stood alone in the contention was that it matters who follows you on Twitter. The majority view was that a follow is a follow is a follow, so it’s a waste of time to monitor (and edit) the list, even if it includes bots and spammers. My thinking was that your online reputation could be hindered if your fan base included people selling pills, sex, and god knows what else. An online search failed to yield a definitive answer, meaning my colleagues may well be right. I’d love to know what you think!

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