Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Better use of walls

Seems a great movie, a spellbinding novel, beautiful music, are good and powerful things. But they aren't instances of "social media" - they're broadcasted; they dont provide tools for collaboration; they strongly delineate "creator" and "audience".

Social media is NEW, is empowering, is democratic. As such, it is something to believe in. And the market for something to believe in, as Hugh MacLeod says, is "quite large."

The newness of social media is bound to fade. In many cases, its instances are already overwhelmed by various forms of pollution, including the mindless chatter that we engage in on social network sites. Not a surprise: social media are platforms where we can stage a banal self serving talk, or a great and thrilling play. Our choice.

CG Jung: 'The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purposes through him. As a human being he may have moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is 'man' in a higher sense - he is 'collective man', a vehicle and molder of the unconscious psychic life of mankind.'

CG doesn't seem to be referring to the typical content on a typical Facebook wall. But a wall is a useful object, and can be used as a projection screen for all kinds of good things.

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