April 22nd, 2006
So I finally have the site up and running. I’m not sure what I’m going to blog about our why I have a blog, but I do need a website for posting of my work and thoughts, so I figured a WordPress blog is a good place to start. Most blogs I have ever read that ramble on about different subjects are quite dull, so my goal is to pick a theme to go with and focus completely on that. The only problem is, I am starting my life a-fresh right now, so my goals change daily as I try to choose that one thing that I want to focus on.
Two reoccuring themes seem to pound on my brain though: social and software. I am totally fascinated by user contributed systems. It is a thing of beauty to watch how groups of people can join together in these online systems and the astonishing amount of creativity that can emerge from the many intelligent people out there. The key thing is what I consider to be the universal human constant: everyone things they are more intelligent and more unique than everyone else. Due to social pressure and the need to be accepted though, humans will always choose “whatever everyone else thinks”. The Internet allows us to shed this weakness by leveling the playing field. There is no “looks” to conform to on the Internet. There is simply freedom of expression and beliefs with no worries of reprocussions and rejection. This allows humans to truly express what they are thinking without fear of alienating themselves. The second part is that social networking systems allow users to link up with other “like-minded” individuals that express this non-standard norm of thinking, thereby creating social exceptance where there could never could have possibly been one. This goes for the artist who is stuck in a desk job, to the closet S&M who is looking for a midget dominatrix. The Web2.0 people call this the long-tail of the Internet, but it is my hope and belief that this can turn the standard business and marketing general acceptance of the norm on its head, and allow for true expression of individuality in both personal life and business.
Pretty long for my first post.
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