The online world gives us an amazing ability. It allows us to bypass the traditional publishing gateways and move our own content online. From artist to business person, educator to entrepreneur, people of all kinds are creating the kinds of careers they want. PR and exposure is now freely available. But are we paying a high price for this exquisite online democracy? Does living in public have a downside? Instead
The web is amazing. Its gives us the ability to self publish. It’s made our abilities and our talents visible through blogs and websites. Through social media, we can reach out to almost anyone. We can create a following. And be someone inspiring to a total stranger. But we’re also seeing a negative side to this. Where the world was a frontier and the enabled could move, we’ve shifted the goal posts.
It’s trendy to sell the idea of the life you lead instead a product. Business coaches, bloggers, wantpreneurs- they often frame their business experience as “this is what I did and you can do it to.” There are people who don’t know what they want buying the idea of a life in lieu of a business. Instead, they’re buying the idea of being entrepreneurial by following this lead. It’s infectious. It’s quite flattering to
Watching a few notable people run screaming from the internet recently has been slightly bemusing. I get it. Those of us who connected to social media on a regular basis are often in danger of spreading ourselves too thin. There is an addictive side to the internet where comments, likes and shares become something to covet. They begin to tickle that side of us that wants to be appreciated. It can translate into
We have become accustomed to our lives on Facebook. There are people, businesses, personas and even pets on Twitter. Snap happy lives sprout content daily on Instagram and Pinterest. We accept there is certain amount of fantasy and self indulgence, but is social media really making us social? Or is it just another way for us to make ourselves heard, even if only to an audience we can pretend is