slow slow media

April 8, 2013

During a talk (I think at CIMA) in D.C. last week, I recalled hearing a startling observation that made me think, “Oh, that’s me.” It was about how social media forms, Facebook in particular, has caused people to stop posting on personal blogs as much because it’s quicker, easier and better connected, whereas a blog can be somewhat onerous to go through multiple pages for a new post with less reward (i.e., no friend network to translate into a guaranteed audience). I found the point compelling because when I thought about it that has been my exact behavior. I still prefer developing my points and engaging in discussions but now it’s done via Facebook, which is less ideal. There are problems of history, narrative and authorship with Facebook posts that still make me uncomfortable so I think I will try to shift back to blogging more. That said, blogs can be onerous and there is a process there but one aspect of it that both excites and discourages me is that I edit my blog posts before publishing. It takes work, but it also means it’s more worthwhile to read (I hope). And that’s a respectable quality. There’s too much sloppiness on social media even while it’s touted as a journalistic tool. Technology shouldn’t mean less discipline and craftsmanship – but, too often, it does.

Many more thoughts on social media use and journalism in upcoming posts this week.

So, for now, if Facebook is also cat memes and photos of dogs underwater, then my blog will be all pathos – captured in this portrait of my dog, Chauncey.


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