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@ginidietrich I see. The elusive business leader. I feel like "communications" may still be too generic. What does the C-suite call this kind of work?
5 days, 19 hours ago on Vote for the Spin Sucks Subtitle
@ginidietrich You know, it seems to me like a lot of people searching might search based on your blog because it's so well known, and that's taken care of in your main title. It's not like you're starting from scratch in terms of an audience :)
I agree with Sean - "Death" is too overplayed in the world of business and social media. I don't like seeing it in the sub-title.
I'm thinking something more simple, like, "Spin Sucks: The 21st Century World of Public Relations." That way you're sort of paralleling your blog and theme with the overall state of PR today. Or, "Why Old-Style Public Relations Needs a Reboot" (to steal from Mitch Joel).
I voted for the one I like best, but based on the outline of the book you posted awhile back, I feel like using the word "reputation" is almost too limiting. Your book seems so expansive in terms of what it's covering. I haven't had but a couple of sips of coffee so I am not coming up with anything better (don't you hate that?) but I am feeling like your sub-title is pigeon-holing you a little so far.
5 days, 20 hours ago on Vote for the Spin Sucks Subtitle
@Lisa Gerber Thanks Lisa :)
1 week, 4 days ago on Amazing People Doing Amazing Things
@gagasgarden Well thanks Susan. That would certainly rock, if true. I just think it's important to point out people who are doing great things. The fact that I can call such people "friend" in so many cases is just ludicrous :)
@KDillabough understood :)
1 week, 5 days ago on Everybody Has a Story
@KDillabough Uhoh. I hope she doesn't send me a cease and desist. I'd never heard of her! :)
@Shonali That's extremely kind of you, especially since you already write tons better than me!
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3 weeks, 5 days ago on Social Media Networks: Robot Friends with Off Switches
@rosemaryoneill Social Media as a tool can be used to do phenomenal things. However, I worry about people who end up infusing a lot of their feelings of self-worth into the online reality. If you begin to depend on a person who does not have that same relationship with you or with the online world, you can really get your feelings hurt.
@rdopping Makes your head spin after awhile, doesn't it? That's a big part of what Turkle's book is about. She starts by talking about things like "real baby" or AI robots that are programmed to ask for attention or offer affection. Most people, even though they know the baby isn't "real," can't continue to let it cry. Does that make it real? If so, what is "real" these days? Goofy, huh? :)
@Karen_C_Wilson Hi Karen - thanks for the kind words!
Your last paragraph is what Turkle really focuses on. As people become more enmeshed in video games or in the online world, they lose hold of what's "real life" and what isn't. They lose perspective. In the case of Adam, we get the sense that he might not even be sure that "Erin" was really his "best friends" name. Erin could have been a man from Iraq. Who knows? But he invested a lot of his sense of well-being into this person and yet seems to take it in stride that she "went to another game."
What does this mean for his ability to grasp real relationships? Does he invest "hot and heavy" till he or the other person gets tired of the relationship?
I see people on social media who seem to be in danger of that same kind of game-playing, and I am worried for them. I'm not sure they have your rational approach to the idea of friendship, for example. They've got a long road to hoe.
@NancyD68 Thanks Nancy. Yes, when the going gets tough, you learn quickly who you can turn to. If you put all of your eggs in the social media basket as folks like Adam did, you can feel extremely isolated when real life happens, as it inevitably does.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Social Media Networks: Robot Friends with Off Switches
@susancellura That's something that Turkle talks about a *lot*. She talks to a lot of kids who note that they kind of "freak out" without their phones. My friend Ellen Bremen (@chattyprof) also has talked to students after she assigns them to take a 3-day "social media fast." One student said, "When I got together with friends face-to-face we couldn't seem to talk. It made me feel like our friendship wasn't real." It's a huge issue.
@brandcottage It can be sad, but I think it's just so easy for people to lose perspective online. Even sadder is when that perspective actually does get lost, as is the case with Adam. That can become a very slippery slope.
@RebeccaTodd that's something she does not cover a lot - I agree that i have had the opportunity to take quite a few friendships into the real - via phone or skype or even face-to-face meetings. That can change the dynamic dramatically. The great majority of our connections, however, will not reach that point. I think exploring what that concept of "community" really means is super important, and it's necessary to keep it in perspective.
@DrewCM You raise an important point. There is a tendency to attack the people who do make the lists as if they're undeserving. I don't want to go there, I'd just like to see more diversity. I have to believe it's an attainable goal. There have got to be folks out there who are equally deserving of kudos but aren't getting 'em.
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1 month, 1 week ago on Is Social Media Really Homogeneous White Milk?
@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes I dunno. I find it hard to believe that only white American men are good at marketing their blogs. That doesn't seem likely to me.
@Seth Sklar I agree. That's why I said I don't want the answer to be, "Let's make a list of the top xyz" people. That doesn't accomplish anything. I would even say that segregation can make the situation worse. "There, we placated everybody." It's a short-cut.
@TheRelationshipInsider I think a lot of people approach lists that way, which is great. However, lists also have a certain power associated with them, you know? And when you have power in the online world, what you say and do matters. The message these lists send is negative or at best myopic, whether a lot of us pay them much attention or not.
@Tweet4OK Thanks Frith. I'd love to chat with you some time about how social media usage differs in Europe. We've touched on that slightly on Hecklers' Hangout but I think it would be interesting to learn how Europeans view Americans online. It might be humbling for us 'muricans, in fact.