If you hear a huge whwhshshsh…. ing sound… don’t panic. It’s nothing more than the echoes of change happening.

Visualize a huge auditorium, where you and I have been sitting. But now, along with most of the other people who have been filling the seats, we have stood up and walked down the aisle and figured out a way to get on stage. We are now the new presenters.

In real life, that probably wouldn’t happen. But in today’s virtual existence, we are continually slipping in and out of the role of “broadcaster” without giving it a second thought.

This should be having a positive impact on self esteem. If my sandwich, and whether or not I added mustard, has become newsworthy… hmmm.

But the fact is, my sandwich and whether or not I added mustard, is really only interesting the first time I talk about it. After that, my audience expects greater things from me.

You can always tell a new Tweeter, because they are talking about the sandwich in front of them or the cookies they have in the oven. Food seems to be the common denominator we all turn to, when first asked to send out a tweet or facebook comment.

But then it gets interesting. We start to think about what we know, what we’ve observed, what we’ve read. And we start to explore an idea or concept that could really benefit someone. And we share.

We stop talking about the weather and share something that someone else might actually find useful. It’s what I’m starting to really like about this whole social media process. It’s fun to discover how much people have learned from life and the degree to which they are willing to talk about it.

I often wonder what Marshall McLuhan would think about today’s media…  If the medium is its own message, as he often wrote, what is the message behind social media? I do think we may all find “ah ha” moments of uplifting that reinforce our own value and the value of the people we exchange ideas with. And that’s a good thing.

 

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