Posts Tagged ‘ideas’

Plato, Socrates and Aristotle Would Have Loved FriendFeed and Twitter

May 13, 2008

FriendFeed and Twitter have become a modern day Greek countryside as some of the social networking community’s leading thinkers gather daily to discuss the possible uses, drawbacks and relevant considerations of the myriad of new innovations that have the power to make our world smaller.

For many these applications are simply ways to keep in touch with friends and family, for others they offer a new means of self-promotion.

I can’t say for certain what will happen to the community that has formed when these types of tools “go mainstream” and experience mass adoption. It is very likely that the excesses that seem to be inherent with the democratization of any medium will lead to the development of better “noise” filters.

What I can say with confidence is that these innovations have already successfully facilitated the creation of information sharing mediums that will continue to exponentially increase our society’s growth curve.

Centuries ago the privileged class were the only ones who could readily access the thoughts and writings of current and historical thinkers. Information was largely passed by word of mouth and diffusion was a slow arduous process. Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the church – the modern day equivalent of a web page in kind with no where near the power in reality.

The invention of the printing press allowed for the mass dissemination of thought but the process was still limited by literacy rates, financial realities and the hardships inherent to making a living back them that left little free time for such pursuits.

The tools of social networking will continue to change the way we share information and debate ideas – I am not sure any of us can truly fathom where we will be in 25 years. It is definitely an exciting time to be alive.

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