Is Social Media Corrupting Our Vision For The Future?

Last week, I sat in front of the computer and watched one of the best interviews on technology, innovation and the social web that I have ever seen.  Marc Andreessen’s interview with Charlie Rose was a captivating and engaging view into one of the pioneers on the web that developed technology that directly impacts how we all use the Internet today. Andreessen is brilliant and has his own absolute idea of the future and you can tell through his investments that his bets normally win.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4837435862114260403

One of my takeaways from the interview is that many of us on the social web have lost our vision. The information overload provided by  social web applications has led us to become obsessed with “right now” and any vision of the furture we have is limited to thirty or sixty minutes ahead and not much more. I was captivated by Marc, not just because he his brilliant, but because I needed to fill a vision craving that wasn’t being filled else where. The social web as we know it today is in the beginning of its infancy.  It will see huge changes in the next 5, 10, 20 years, but few spend time talking about this. We hear talk of next week or maybe next month, but we get too swallowed up in the current “buzz” to step back and think about how we can build a social web that has meaningful staying power and application. I am going to make a concerted effort on this blog to examine ideas for the future and to look at exisiting and potential technologies that can solve problems and solidify the next generation of our economy and relationships.  I hope this post encourages you to do the same? Do you agree, are we losing our vision? P.S. If you read this and know Marc please tell him to start blogging again! His posts are great and we need more commentary like his.

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  1. Is Social Media Corrupting Our Vision For The Future? http://bit.ly/EbXkT Would love to hear your thoughts…

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  2. Ugh. I have alot of respect for Marc Anderseen but the whole not seeing the forest for the trees mentality is a product of the media not the thinkers.
    What news channel, from CNN to Digg to this blog, wants to talk about what is coming in the coming months and years? Right, none. Why? Because media consumption is a now proposition. I believe we discussed that ad nauseam shortly after MTV launched.
    The point is that the big thinkers and doers are looking at long term, expandable and sustainable models. Unfortunately those are not the ones anyone wants to talk about. Further more, what company is interested in pursuing strategies that will help them in a year? At the moment it seems like they’re all being overly reactionary.

  3. We’re obsessed with “right now” and any vision of the future is limited to 30 or 60 minutes ahead and not much more…http://snipr.com/cjrp9

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  4. Is social media corrupting our vision of the future? http://snipr.com/cjrp9 Great thoughts from @kbodnar32 at Digital Capitalism.

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  5. Is social media corrupting our vision of the future? http://snipr.com/cjrp9 Via @kbodnar32 at Digital Capitalism. (via @michsineath)

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  6. Kipp asks a great question: “Is Social Media Corrupting Our Vision of the Future?” http://is.gd/kHj3 Are we too absorbed with the “now” …

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