This is another installment of my continuing series on the conflicting voices inside of my head, otherwise known as Harry Halffull and Mopey Murphy. Last time, they were fighting for my attention, and now they are taking on my latest hobby (and near obsession), Social Media. Let’s listen in…………
Mopey: Hey Harry, don’cha like Social Media? What a great way for us loyal pessimists and procrastinators to wreak havoc so easily. Twitter is the ultimate- just sign on, follow as many people as humanly possible, and let ‘er rip, 140 characters at a time. Awesome, baby!
Harry: C’mon dude, there’s a lot more to it than that – Social Media allows like-minded individuals the opportunity to share their ideas and forge new relationships……….
Mopey: [interrupts] Blah, blah, blah – is that the best ya got? Admit it, this thing is the most colossal waste of time that the universe has ever created. I mean, I love it when even celebrities are Tweeting about what they had for breakfast.
Harry: Let me finish, my dear Mopey – Social Media is no different than any other form of communication; there’s always been a need to “separate the wheat from the chaff”, so to speak. That shouldn’t detract from the overall positive be benefits we can take away – like learning new things, for example.
Mopey: There you go, getting all high-minded again – honestly, I don’t know how Starbucker tolerates you. Us folks here on the ground are “just keeping it real”. Life stinks, and Social Media illuminates that in spades. For every holy roller like you, there are 10 others who are just trolling around, spreading venom, lies, idiocy, empty sales pitches and hypocrisy. I love it!
Harry: Sorry pal, no sale – life is what you make it, and if we can use Social Media to make it better, happy days. Just look at what Starbucker has done, for goodness sake – he has hundreds of new friends that he would have NEVER known if it wasn’t for this medium. Hundreds baby! What do you say to that, oh Mr. Negative One?
Mopey: I’ll pin an award on him later, smart boy – but are you just deluding yourself that “followers” really equal “friends”? This is another cool thing about Social Media -it’s so deliciously shallow – such a paradise for the nattering nabobs of negativism!
Harry: No delusions here, Mopey – don’t you remember SOBCon? Those were bloggers and Tweeters in the flesh, and they looked like friends to me. Look, I know we can’t really be close friends with 5,000 followers, or even 500, but I do know this – any forum that gives our man Starbucker an opportunity to spread some love and learning, I’m for it.
Mopey: There you go, pulling out the heavy artillery of love again. Seriously, love in Social Media? Are you kidding me? Not in this cesspool. Have you read what some of those cynical SM dwellers have said about Starbucker? That ain’t love, oh wise one.
Harry: Oh ye of little faith – don’t you realize that even a little love can overcome a LOT of that other trivial stuff? It’s that whiff of real humanity that keeps Starbucker coming back for more. Because of that he can tolerate all the other noise. Because of that he’ll never succumb to you. Sorry, pal.
Mopey: Bummer. Love strikes again. But hey, I’m still in his head, aren’t I? And I ain’t giving up- so there.
Harry: Bring it on, brother. See ya later!