Quote of the Day, Nov 25, 2008
The title of this blog post by Kathy Hendershot-Hurd got me thinking about a fictional social setting of a similar name, Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs. This book’s theme is, in some ways, a microcosm of social media. According to its Wikipedia entry, “something mentioned… reappears much later producing thus a series of intratextual relationships and echoes” and that this idea “serves to unmask mechanisms and processes of control.” Sounds just like social media. This decentralization of control is at the heart of understanding how to engage in the social media conversation, while enjoying your cocktail, of course.
“The difference between those “informal” social conversations and the social conversations happening on the web is that the conversations happening then left no evidence of the communication. Today’s social networking conversations are literally etched in stone, leaving a trail that anyone can follow. So while Caveman Joe didn’t have any way of backing up his story, Social Networking Joe certainly can document his online conversations.”
— Kathy Hendershot-Hurd