Stowe Boyd has a response to established media organizations that pooh-pooh the online revolution that's been taking place with social media in recent years:
- Web culture is happening: a spontaneous global culture is emerging, and it is based on openness, inclusion, acceptance of diversity, and the desire to make the world a better place to live.
- This movement is driven both by the failure of traditional organizations -- media, government, and religious -- to cope with the modern world, and the stresses we, as individuals, are confronted with.
- Web culture is a return to earlier elements of human social life, especially the importance of social relationships and the central importance of self-expression through art, principles that have been devalued for the past few hundred years. This is almost a reversion to tribal norms, although the tribe may be a diffuse network of woodworkers that you submerge into everyday via Yahoo Groups.
- Web culture is living at the edge, where people are interacting with others directly, and organizations form organically, as groups seek to legitimize order that has emerged within the group, not impose order on supposed chaos.
Right on, Stowe. Blogs, vlogs, podcasts and other online tools aren't the answer to all the world's problems. But ignoring their emerging importance is like complaining that kids listen to music too loud and wear weird clothes.
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