Image via Flickr “The ignorance, prejudices, and groupthink of an educated elite are still ignorance, prejudice and groupthink,” Thomas Sowell Thomas Sowell’s Intellectuals and Society goes into great detail about the flaws intellectuals bring to bear upon society with their influence. Some of the behavior of A-Listers matches those of intellectuals, historically. First, let’s use Sowell’s definition of intellectual, an occupational category — writers, academics and the like — whose works begin and end with ideas. Clearly this description matches bloggers who make their living based off their writing, via consulting, speaking and other services. You might not like what they have to say, but you can’t deny the influence of A-List bloggers.
by David Murray Image: The Morning After SxSWi on 6th St Those who claim the social media bubble is about to burst may want to take closer look at the landscape. 2010 was supposed to be the year of social media adoption. The year companies and professionals from all industries celebrated the blind acceptance of tools as a substitute for effective marketing. But for those who still practice the ancient art of listening, understand that this didn’t happen. If we look at social media as a communication channel then companies and industry professionals need to re-learn what it means to communicate. Better yet, both parties would be well served to remember that this medium doesn’t suffer fools lightly. And who […]
When there are more choices and conversations to spend time on, one can easily become distracted. Social media as an industry has created many distractions — some of which are enjoyable, some not — that can easily cause one to lose focus. This makes time prioritization and good decision making a critical skill set. Experience shows making a conscious choice to focus on what matters, individual professional and/or personal goals, makes a huge difference. Here are five social media items that in hindsight have been personal distractions: 1) The A-List It’s easy to become annoyed with the A-List. The fodder is endless, whether it’s their lack of originality, the ridiculous posturing and ensuing absurd behavior, or a ridiculous stream of […]
Image by Randy Pertiet When blogging was new, anyone with vertical subject matter expertise could create their own site and become a success. These voices were integral role players within communities that shared the same interest. Today, the corporatization of social media by content farms, the use of algorithmic content sourcing, and an established tier of “A-List bloggers” has drastically reduced the chances of success for the individual voice. Increasingly, the desired outcomes of blogging seem like a myth of the past, just like the romantic cowboy of the Wild West. It’s not impossible, but the dream remains big while the real opportunity has become significantly more challenging. Great content is not enough. The pioneering era prompted the rise of […]