Monday, October 22, 2018

“Scroll. Like. Move on.”

“Scroll. Like. Move on. Scroll. Like. Move on. Comment. Move on. Feel disconnected. Try again. Try again later. Feel hopeful that someone will engage. Move on. Feel foolish. Feel disconnected. Rinse and repeat”: Elaine Fine writes about the illusion of social media. Her perspective: that of a veteran of the classical-music blogosphere.

comments: 6

Frex said...

Thanks--I commented and shared.
The switchover from long- to short-form social media interests me and I appreciate Elaine's take on it.

Michael Leddy said...

I like short and long — the beauty of the post as a form. It can be anything. Yay blogging! Yay sharing!

Sean said...

The last paragraph—the one you quoted—captures just about everything. I don't know what the solution is (I don't think there is one to be honest), but my feeling is that this era of appraisal-culture online will only intensify. I was on Facebook only for a short time around 2008; I haven't found an impelling reason to start again. My two separate-but-related blogs have a very small but seemingly devoted number of visitors. Yes some opportunities have been lost, but many new and unlooked-for connections have been made, too.

But I'm not saying anything new.

If only things had turned out more like the Jetsons, without all the track and gather.

Michael Leddy said...

Ha! As you well know, the impulse to write about what you care about (and make the writing good) is not about page views or likes. I like what Seth Godin says (and I trust that he means it): that he’d write and post even if no one was reading.

Slywy said...

That's the philosophy behind my site. :)

Michael Leddy said...

I read, but I don’t comment that often. Usually I just think “Good photos.”