Can we talk?

With all the communication technology available to us, are we losing the ability to actually talk to each other?  People have no trouble posting every detail of their lives on facebook for their 436 friends to read, “Taking the kids to the dentist, then making dinner for hubby”, “Picked up a new client today”, and yet can’t seem to communicate face-to-face.

Some recent examples I’ve come across in the past week are:

An employer calling an employee on vacation to tell her not to bother coming in on Monday, because she was laid off.

A hair dresser, seeing strangers walking around the salon, began to wonder if the owner was selling the business.

Employees hearing through the grapevine, that their employer was closing the company.

And let us not forget the ubiquitous break-up email.  A magazine article I read actually advised readers not to change their facebook status to available; before they tell the other person that they want to break up!  Do we need to be told this?

Our interpersonal communication skills are important.  There is nothing like one-on-one, face to face communication.  This week, I’m going to give it a try!

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August 16, 2009 at 12:54 pm 1 comment

Too much!

All this social media is indeed fun.  We can connect with long lost classmates, distant relatives, colleagues and even share ideas with total strangers.

But what about all of this thinly veiled advertising?  Does anyone out there like it when a “friend” posts something that is clearly promoting their business?  When your twitter account is full of links to buy services, or when you join a fan page only to be bombarded by advertising from the business?  Is anyone fooled?  Is anyone else annoyed?

Will advertising in its disguised form, survive on social media or will users simply tune it out as they have learned to do with more traditional media?

August 4, 2009 at 8:50 pm 4 comments

Why blog?

To quote the 60’s communications guru, Marshall McLuhan, “The Medium is the Message”.  The truth of this axiom is certainly apparent today.  Case in point, I’ve started this blog!  I don’t have anything particularly new to say, it’s just that I have a new medium in which to say it.

The medium, in and of itself, has become the message.  As more and more businesses have discovered the selling power of the web, and have become enamored with social media, they want to be part of it.  Regardless of whether or not they have anything to add to the discussion, businesses are joining in this brave new world of communication.  Is it good? Will it be productive? How soon before we reach saturation?

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