Something I’ve been thinking about.
This: At a publishing conference I attended in November, a panelist said that people used to create funny content and this is what made them ‘funny’. A recent shift has shown a new psychology. People now share funny content that someone else created and this is what makes them ‘funny’. For some Madlibs fun replace the adjective with ‘smart’ ‘thoughtful’, etc.
I’ve got to tell you all. This just about. Blew. My. Mind.
I’ve noticed the shift. In others. In myself. I see in my facebook and twitter feeds less and less original content, a greater impulse to ‘share’ or ‘retweet’. I see people commenting less and ‘liking’ or ‘favorite-ing’ more. I wonder what this means. Is there just so much content and information out there that we see no room for more? Are we less secure in our words, our thoughts, our ideas? Simply pressed for time? Is who we are no longer tied to what we create but what we share?
I’ve become hyperaware. I’ve thought, perhaps, I should scroll through fewer photos, take more of my own. Make a video instead of consume one. I’m worried, I think, is what I’m saying. Are you?