Have I Got News For Them: This Is Real Life!
The article resonated with me as I have often been stuck for words in relation to comments from some of my friends and colleagues when I chat about my work in social media or about some of my controversial posts …
Often, as I am recounting a blog post that I had to stay up all night defending, I am met with a response
“Ah yes, but that’s not the real world, is it? ”.
I will mention to somebody at dinner that I managed to get almost 10,000 fans on a facebook page in two months and they will respond with
“Ah yes but that’s just virtual world isn’t it”
Many of you reading this blog will, most likely have been on the receiving end of this one before
“Yes, but I mean in real life” ….
This is real life and anybody boxing it off into something separate from what they call “real life” is (in my opinion) in danger of
a) Missing out on meeting some fantastic people
b) Learning things about themselves that they never knew
c) Being unable to increase their social capital in a manner never before possible and ultimately
d) Not being unable to achieve things that would be impossible without this world that apparently isn’t “real”
Thankfully, as we advance our appreciation and enthusiasm for using online for both business and pleasure, the stereotypical image of the computer geek has been eroded year on year. It is my contention ( the latter being a word I stole from Sir Ken Robinson on TED) that much of this acceptance is due to fantastic advancements in Web 2.O technologies. However, what I find is that many who embrace these very technologies profess it to be peripheral to what they call their “real life”….
I’m not convinced it’s not real life, are you ? Before you answer check out the YouTube video by socialnomics if you haven’t already seen it.
Thanks for Reading