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Okay, this social network thing is now officially getting out of hand.

AOL (a shadow of itself that seems to have the money to purchase just about anything for no reason at all) just announced its purchase of About.me, a beautifully designed piece of social networking fluff that serves America’s only truly burgeoning business, the propagation of unabashed narcissism.

It’s a classic piece of “stats for nothing” technology. You can measure how many people have visited your page, and then bounced to your twitter and facebook profiles. For an audience of one, you, that’s really important stuff.

I speak as a recovering narcissist. I realize that the very posting of this little nugget is an irony in itself, but I felt (note the use of I) the need (note the use of need) to post it.

At a certain point in time, the post and share phenomenon will start to lose its sheen. After all, the bitter truth has always been that most people have precious little to add to the wisdom of the world. Not surprisingly, most of the creative funnel is quickly forgotten. One wonders whether all our creative juices are being frittered away on post and share. That would be bad for us as individuals and for the nation at large. After all, what does America have left but its creativity?

Waste that on a social networking torrent of post and share and we’re left with nothing. May God help me! (I mean us!!)

As someone wise once told the fabulous person that is myself as I (that’s another way of saying me) fretted about death. “Simon, you have to remember, you’re really not that important”.

Now that’s true wisdom.

Here’s a link to my about me page. It’s art.  The art of me.

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Written by coolrebel

December 21, 2010 at 12:19 am

Posted in Washington

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