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Aug 10, 2009

Social Media is not important, not the least bit popular, and not at all both shaping and reflecting the nature of communications and thus the nature of community building and community itself.

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The space around us is the most real, right? The most tangible – the things we sit on and walk among. And so are the people whom we see, whom we talk to face-to-face.

Yet then there’s the phone. You can talk to most anybody with a phone. But we seem to talk to those same people on the phone – our wives and husbands and workplaces and such.  Yet we just as easily introduce people who are not located in our areas, and whom we do not see often face-to-face. Therefor, the phone changes the way we interact with each other. It creates non-locality (as you don’t have to be face-to-face). Yet, it’s still reflective of your local community, so it’s localized in some sense. And it introduces remote people into your community, thus localizing them.

Email and texting and social media and such all do the same thing. They create a community localized around you the individual, a community that includes elements, access, and people that are entagled with you as a source, not with you as a physically located body.

The digital media among us provide new senses, so to speak. You can hear in a different way that is less related to locality, you can access in different ways.

It changes the world.

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Jason Broadwater

Jason is a keynote speaker and project designer for economic development and community collaboration in the New Economy. Jason is also founder of RevenFlo (an internet marketing and application development company).

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