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"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green

12.07.2010

Stop Apologizing

As I was stumbling along the internet, I came across this article by Alexandra Samuel, on the Harvard Business Review site, entitled "10 Reasons to Stop Apologizing for Your Online Life".

I found this interesting because she bases these "reasons" on the ideal that your online life is in fact also your "real life" and, as such, the friends you make and the things you create are just as valid as the friends or things "in real life", or as it is commonly referred to-"IRL".  

I believe her argument is relevant in this age of rapid technological development.  I don't go a day without—using the internet, texting someone, visiting tumblr, tweeting, checking facebook, reading my netvibes, dailyboothin', watching youtube.  Each of these social networks are a part of my life; who I identify as and what I identify with.  To consider this aspect of my life separate from my "real life" would be lying.

For your benefit, I re-posted Samuel's 10 Reasons below, and linked the article above:


10 Reasons to Stop Apologizing for Your Online Life
1. When you commit to being your real self online, you discover parts of yourself you never dared to share offline.

2. When you visualize the real person you're about to e-mail or tweet, you bring human qualities of attention and empathy to your online communications.
 
3. When you take the idea of online presence literally, you can experience your online disembodiment as a journey into your mind rather than out of your body.

4. When you treat your Facebook connections as real friends instead of "friends", you stop worrying about how many you have and focus on how well you treat them.

5. When you take your Flickr photos, YouTube videos and blog posts seriously as real art, you reclaim creative expression as your birthright.

6. When you focus on creating real meaning with your time online, your online footprint makes a deeper impression.

7. When you treat your online attention as a real resource, you invest your attention in the sites that reflect your values, helping those sites grow.

8. When you spend your online time on what really matters to you, you experience your time online as an authentic reflection of your values.

9. When you embrace online conversations as real, you imbue them with the power to change how you and others think and feel.

10. When you talk honestly about the real joys and frustrations of the Internet, you can stop apologizing for your life online.
(Alexandra Samuel)

1 comment:

  1. Hi Eli,

    Thanks so much for sharing my post! I'm really glad you found it useful.

    Alex

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