Good morning! I had to go out after posting this, but now that I've slept I can see the conversation has continued on in a direction I hadn't anticipated. Gotta love social media. *wink*+Craig Kanalley
- Thanks for the kind words, but I especially appreciate the last thing you said in your comment. Digital immigrants are definitely
welcome, and I think that's an important sentiment for +Ben Li
to understand. We don't hate anyone who doesn't join the club, so to speak. We just don't think it's fair for them to characterize us as less capable communicators just because we use a medium that hasn't been universally adopted by previous generations yet (although it's looking like that may be inevitable, given enough time).
Ben, I'm very sorry if you interpreted my post as an attack on "non-social media users." That wasn't my point, and it couldn't be further from how I actually feel, but it goes to show that we can all offend someone without intending to when we don't carefully watch our wording.
I was bothered a lot by the implications of the Forbes article -- and frankly, the fact that the author acknowledges that we should embrace technology on the second page of an article whose entire premise until that sentence seems to be that social media ruins communication felt a little disingenuous to me. I probably should have acknowledged that in the original post -- perhaps it would have clarified things somewhat.
I would humbly recommend that you take a look at the comments +Christina Kelly
added to this article when she reposted it on her own Stream. The suicide issue was particularly upsetting for both of us (and I suspect others), and perhaps that made it difficult for us to see the last few paragraphs of the Forbes article as sincere (or even relevant to the rest of the piece).