Oh, love to the Clay. In deconstructing the role of social software in the Dean Campaign, Clay teases out something very important: talking amongst yourself is not action. The digital world magnifies homophily (birds of a feather stick together). You can find like-minded souls and never have to interact with anyone who is different than you are. You can feel like you’re doing something by preaching to the choir. This doesn’t make change.
Of course, this realization also makes me ::cringe:: I was moaning to a friend about how much i loathe trying to formalize my Friendster material, about how i’m soooo tired and cranky about thinking about this space. He was like, of course you are. You’ve justified blogging as writing and feel like you’ve been there, done that. But you haven’t. He’s right. The rigor of academic writing is a whole different ball of wax. My blog is simply rants, not analysis, predictions, theory. It might be sometimes useful to business people, but mostly, it’s fodder for the entertainment of folks i know. And it’s of no use to future designers.
As a few astute readers noted, i haven’t really been going into detail about “what does this mean” and “where is this going.” It’s true. I need to back away from that in the blogosphere right now, focus on formally getting this material out the door. Living in clear homophily is dangerous for me right now.