Alone with my coffee and my tribe

I’m back in my office this cold Saturday morning after a wonderful trip with a client in Florida. My “unbundled media” message is spreading, and I’m feeling fairly content as I sit here and write.

Those who don’t blog will never understand the phenomenon. This morning, I’m thinking about Doc Searls and his newfound respect for Tylenol, Jeff Jarvis and his “told you so” about Dell Computers, David Weinberger trying to figure out an error message from Movable Type, Cory Bergman’s pride in the war of words between Redskins and Seahawks fans growing out of a Seahawks blog he created for his employer, and how we’ve added another 18 bloggers to the Nashville Is Talking blogroll (now approaching 400). These are my friends, members of my tribe. I care about them, not just about what they write.

The book I mentioned below contains this wonderful paragraph from Douglas Rushkoff:

The Internet is not a technological or even a media phenomenon; it is a social phenomenon. And in this sense, interactivity has changed everything.
This is the mystery that those who don’t participate seem to miss. We’re going through a vast social/cultural change, and it is what’s driving all this technology. To many, it’s the old “chicken or egg” conundrum, but to me, it’s all about people. That’s why my blog is called “The Pomo Blog.” I view all of these media (and other) changes within the context of an enormous social change. I call it Postmodernism. Perhaps I should pick something else, because the word is a loaded one, depending on your definition.

Premodernism: I believe, therefore I understand.
Modernism: I think, therefore I understand.
Postmodernism: I experience, therefore I understand.

It’s nothing to fear, and it certainly isn’t the great Satan that some evangelical Christians would have you believe (Note: If you’re looking for the devil, you’ll find him under every rock).

But I digress.

We had snow flurries last night. It does that in January. Nice.

Back to my coffee and my morning ritual with my tribe.

Comments

  1. Glad your back home.

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