“Each little update – each individual bit of social information – is insignificant on its own, even supremely mundane. But taken together, over time, the little snippets coalesce into a surprisingly sophisticated portrait of your friends’ and family members’ lives, like thousands of dots making a pointillist painting.” -Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
This opened my mind to Social Media use, I had previously written-off the types I called “shallow” as useless. What do you think?
Every mind is powerful.
People have different foci in life. I’m not really a social animal, and I have learned techniques that allow me to interact in social situations. 45 years ago I would be a stuttering mess if with anyone I didn’t know – now I can talk confidently to groups of thousands.
So yes – social media are powerful at many levels. My daughter has over 6,000 followers on one of her blogs. Messages are passing through society outside of the traditional mass media.
And it seems to me that all minds have roughly similar power, it’s all about what we chose to focus that power upon.
Ancient Egyptians over 4,000 years developed the technology to move (make) mountains (Pyramids).
The Chinese started seriously doing it almost 3,000 years ago.
With the technology we have today, we are capable not simply of moving mountains, but of moving entire planets (in less time than it took the Egyptians to build the pyramids of Giza – some 85 years – 4,600 and some odd years ago).
And I agree, when we agree to cooperate, and align our purpose, there is little we cannot achieve. Even a small minority of humanity (less than 10%), if fully aligned, would be a power to behold.
It seems clear to me that the next great step in evolution will be stable cooperation at a societal wide level, between all sapient individuals (human and non-human, biological and non-biological); from my analysis of evolution and trends in exploration of strategy space and patterns of strategy adoption, this is the next logical step. And it seems that it requires distributed trust networks to make it happen. So social networks are a big part. At present the network infrastructure is too centralised for stability, and we are very close to have the technology for a truly distributed network. At another level, the technology underlying bitcoin is one model for a fully distributed reliable trust network, other models are in development, and no single technology is reliable in and of itself, what is required is multiple levels of redundancy at all systemic levels.
So yes – interesting times!!!
(And what are you doing playing with the computer at 4:00am? 😉 – insomnia??? )