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Social media can transform the world
Social media can give you competitive advantage over other academics
Each man, finally, outside his professional activity, carries on some form of intellectual activity, that is, he is a "philosopher", an artist, a man of taste, he participates in a particular conception of the world, has a conscious line of moral conduct, and therefore contributes to sustain a conception of the world or to modify it, that is, to bring into being new modes of thought.
All men are intellectuals, but not all men have in society the function of intellectuals.
One must speak for a struggle for a new culture, that is, for a new moral life that cannot but be intimately connected to a new intuition of life, until it becomes a new way of feeling and seeing reality.
You’ll also find the social me on Facebook and bits of me on YouTube, LinkedIn and a range of other social media sites (often dead profiles).
Internet services where the online content is generated by the users of the service.
Why should academics be interested in it?
People are using their leisure time to create, share and socialise.
Jay Rosen calls us “the people known formerly as the audience”
Clay Shirky* says that we are creating a “cognative surplus” that can be used for the good of humanity.
The question is what are we creating and does it have any value?
*See Clay Shirky (2009) Here comes everybody and (2010) Cognitive surplus for more argument on these lines.
This means that
But also that
Lots of engagement strategies amount to the creation of a big empty room
People will engage with you and your ideas – they won’t start sharing in the abstract
Not like this
You don’t need to know everyone.
Knowing who the connectors are is important
Be aware of what networks you are in and what ones you are not in
Being part of a network takes time and energy – you can’t be part of everything.
“a state or relationship in which there is mutual action, influence, giving and taking, correspondence, etc., between two parties or things”
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