Blog Darkness

Unfortunately my blog has taken a hit. My life is in tumult and apparently I am not the Wonder Woman I thought I was = juggle all and stretch time. This past weekend, I left to go on a scrapbooking retreat. While I certainly used the time to get creative and catch-up on scrapping my daughter’s life or archiving my own life lessons, I used the time to sink deep inside and reflect. For once I am silent.

I would consider myself more spiritual than religious. Over the weekend, I reflected on the book When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd. Many of the lessons learned in this book are for the care and feeding of personal issues. However, I found myself pondering social media while reading the chapter, Incubating Darkness.

For example, Kidd quotes Jesuit priest and writer, Anthony de Mello, "Some people will never learn anything because they grasp too soon. Wisdom, after all, is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling…. To know exactly where you’re headed may be the best way to go astray. Not all who loiter are lost."

So many are rushing into social media/Web 2.0 and thinking this sphere conquered. Always looking for the next shiny object, the simple act of pausing and reflecting what this sphere and evolution of this industry will bring does not occur. Instead of using blogs as an echo chamber, what if we used this sacred space to live our questions. Simply listen to the questions and let them spawn new questions. I observe companies and several individuals use social media as a platform despite the preaching of the need for participation and engaging conversations.

What is the transforming value of a question? What questions remain of the social media sphere? Are we jumping ahead too quickly into Web 3.0?

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  • Tim (@Twalk) Walker

    You raise good points here, Lauren. Some people *do* want to look at social media as though it’s a bauble or a gadget that they can easily grasp, master, and deploy – all while holding it at arm’s length. But the *power* of social media is that, when we do it right, it tears down barriers to real, human communication. It can help us grow, if we let it – but those who want to embrace it as a fad don’t want to grow. They want the shiny object.
    I’ve stopped using terms like “Web 2.0″ and “Web 3.0″ altogether, because thinking that these really exist in some well-delimited way may keep us from confronting the deep, human, non-tech implications of these new forms of open and collaborative communication.
    Glad to know you’re taking the human side so seriously!

  • Lauren Vargas

    Tim, you are right. Humanizing the technology seems to be the challenge.