Finding Voices, Sharing Ideas, and Tweeting

by David King on August 27, 2010

There was a day when good ideas were restricted to towns, cities, nations, or at the most, continents. Today, ideas belong to the world, once they’re released.

More important than ideas, I think, are voices, for indeed voices serve as foundations for all ideas, good or bad. Voices – voices that want to be heard, that thrive on being noticed, that cannot survive without someone to listen to them. We all have a voice. We all want to be heard, to be noticed, in one way or another. The challenge to this, of course, is that a pool of over six billion people leaves many individual voices unheard. It is ironic, of course, that an increase in listeners and observers, which has parallelled an increase in communication technology, has actually made it more difficult to find a voice. But the truth of the matter is, voices (and therefore ideas) are drowning in the modern world.

This is not to say, of course, that no one is being heard, and indeed technology has facilitated the sharing of many great ideas. Nevertheless, the resulting perspective of the modern world is this: With so many voices trying to be heard, how will mine ever make it through the roar of the crowd? And indeed, when it comes to ideas, originality is hard to come by, for even when the average individual spawns an amazing idea, a quick google search usually reveals that it’s not so original after all. As we have become more connected, so we have become less original.

Is it any wonder, then, that social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have become so popular? These sites have offered members of modern society what they so desperately desire: voices. And in a world of over six billion people, where there is little security that one’s originality will survive beyond the front door, who can blame us?

The only concern, of course, is what’s happening to ideas.

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