Social Worldby Nick Bosch on 10/12/2012
In a social world everyone is trying to appeal to the social world. We beg people to “like”, “follow”, “retweet.” “Please share this with people”, we scream. We’re all begging to appeal to everyone else. Don’t say anything risque. Don’t for the love of god say something about your real feelings.
Just go along with everyone else. Fit in. Blend in. Don’t come across as having a sharp edge. You don’t want to cut anyone with it.
Don’t have a sharp edge. Don’t carve a piece of the world for yourself.
Roll your eyes. Judge those who express themselves and their views in this social world. Then fear being judged. Go along with everyone else.
Our social networks spawned from our personal networks and for many of us it spawned from our high school and college networks. What now exists is a permanent, if growing, high school or college social life for ourselves. Be “cool” within your network. Be cool to your friends. Blend in.
But what is possible in this social world is so much greater. Now, more than ever, we can find those like ourselves, those who can help us, those who can grow with us, those who can take our world and reinvent our limits of living a life that’s social.
We have yet to tap the new boundaries of our social world. This is a new world. I’m excited to be in it. To rediscover what it means to be social.