David Carr and Rex Sorgatz play foursquare
photo by Rose Latka
Well, everyone who tweets is down at SXSW this week. Among the micro-stars are NYTimes columnist David Carr and the fimoculous dude, Rex Sorgatz. In his recent column, Carr examines the new age of micro-celebrity, micro-blogging and hints at a life lived one tweet at a time.
Here's a quick rundown of Carr's greatest column moments:
1. Twitter entered the lexicon two years ago here when it was the darling of the conference, and it is now the event's dominant platform, seeming to overtake actual conversation. Why talk when you can tweet?
2. In this alternative electronic universe there is a sense of the possible, but the brutal math remains.
3. But it was obvious after a few days here that the people formerly known as the audience were too busy making content to consume much of it, unless it came from their friends. The medium is not the message; the messages are the media.
Let's look at these clips one at a time, but do it from a personal level, as social media is more about the person than the media.
1. Why talk when you can tweet? Good question. I don't have the answer. I don't tweet. Like really. I don't tweet. To counter loneliness and feel like my life really matters, a lie that all folks in my generation sucked up like artisan coffee and still, deep down, believe, I read books. I know, lame. And being in my twenties with a journalism job that makes me a social media outcast. But it feels like the point of twitter-for those who don't use it to get hits-isn't all that different from reading the latest Ludlum thriller. Like I said above, you do it to counter loneliness. But the key difference is that I'll stop reading to talk with people, whereas people stop talking with people to send and receive tweets.
2. In this alternative electronic universe there is a sense of the possible, but the brutal math remains. Seems like social media models itself off fashion. Nothing is that long lasting, it's just remains cool until something comes along that is cooler. The mob will jump from one ship to another, carrying friends with them, even alerting them about new forms of social media on current forms of social media. It's good in short-bursts, like a job at Gawker. (I'd go on here, but I'm getting bored. And since I can do anything because I blog, I will do just that.)
3. The medium is not the message; the messages are the media. OK. He's still cracked-out. Output without input is the new media? That makes no sense. It feels like Carr spent one of his epic coke binges through Minneapolis watching Return of the Jedi and then talked like Yoda for the next week. Rehab can't cure everything.
What did we learn? Nothing we didn't already know or didn't already tweet.
And here's a link to the Valleywag post, where you can watch Carr and Sorgatz play foursquare.
It's the only reason you clicked on this post, right?
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