I’ve been thinking about the difference between thinking and talking about social media and actually doing it. I am in the camp that you have to actually do it to get it to talk about it.
Sure, there are plenty of things you can go off about without ever experiencing yourself – life on the bottom of the sea, the inside of a star, dinosaurs, etc. But the whole point of social media is that it’s put the tools for production out there for all of us to fiddle with. Maybe the stuff that gets made isn’t always awesome, and maybe it’s misunderstood – but the thing is you CAN make it.
Apparently, not everyone agrees. In a post today on Larry Weber and the social Web, Scott Kirsner asks (tongue in cheek):
I guess it’s possible to really understand this stuff in the abstract, without really using it?
Dinosaurs we can understand in the abstract. Social media? There’s no reason NOT to get your hands dirty.
[tags]social media, Larry Weber, Scott Kirsner[/tags]