When I was reading Kate’s final blog post and came across her reference to “Sideways Stories From Wayside School,” I knew I had to respond. Luckily, I loved the remainder of her post also, so that was good too. 😉
I, too, am a “huge nerd,” and always have been. For example, while in first grade other kids were playing video games and getting into the newest technologies, I was way more interested in learning to read “chapter books.” Sideways Stories was one of my favorite books when I was growing up, and I have not thought about it in so long! And now that I do think about it, perhaps it still IS one of my favorite books. My mom used to read the wacky stories about all those crazy kids to my brother, sister and me out loud and do funny voices, and we loved it. My mom’s real, human voice (as opposed to just a human-SOUNDING voice), was — and still is — invaluable to me.
So that brings to me to the other reason I like Kate’s post so much: while social media is indeed amazing and has changed our world, we can’t forget about the great wonders of face-to-face human interaction. Like Kate, this has been my constant struggle with social media as well, (although I have to say I don’t really hate Facebook quite so much!) and sometimes feel like I am “behind the times” when I would rather call my mom instead of e-mail her, send my best friend from college a birthday card in the mail (gasp!) instead of a “happy b-day” Facebook message, and meet my former colleagues for drinks in person rather than chat via a “Tweet-up.”
On the other hand, it thrills me to be able to use social media tools effectively in both my professional and personal life. While I see Facebook’s flaws, overall, I find using it on a daily basis is useful, and I have certainly been thrilled to generate results for my clients via successful Facebook campaigns. Google and YouTube are amazing, life-changing tools (I could never argue otherwise), and while I may have my doubts about the accuracy of Wikipedia, I have to admit that it is still the number one place on the web for which I turn for information.
So I agree with Kate. We have to find a balance between embracing the opportunities we still have to “unwrap” one another (love the use of the term, by the way) and to interact with each other on the social web. I too, loved these similar points made in William Powers’ book, Hamlet’s Blackbery, as you will see in my own final weekly blog post.
Furthermore, I was releived that someone from my generation agrees with me (typically, it is only my mom that agrees with me, but mostly because she doesn’t understand the point of social media and feels that all social media is just a big invasion of privacy… oh, wait…).
I also loved Kate’s final point about that social media and their many tools and forums should be MOST about what their advancements and developments mean for us as people and how we communicate with each other. Seriously, when you really think about it, this is what we REALLY learned about in class too… not how to use all these tools, necessarily (although we did to some extent), but the theory behind their creation and how they fit into our culture and society.
So well said, Kate! And you’re welcome — I have been happy to “unwrap” myself for you during this class.
Until next time —
P.S. — After all that, how ironic is it that I’m telling you this, Kate, on my blog instead of face to face in class! 🙂